Sector News

900 jobs at risk at 2 Sisters poultry factories

February 9, 2018
Consumer Packaged Goods

The UK’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken, which was at the heart of the poultry safety scandal last year, is planning three factory closures that put 900 jobs at risk.

Chicken supplier 2 Sisters Food Group has put 350 jobs at risk at its Smethwick site, 100 roles in Wolverhampton and 450 jobs at its Cambuslang site in Scotland.

“As we continue to build a better business, we are simplifying how we work and investing in the areas that can make the most positive difference to our UK poultry operations.”
The company, owned by so-called ‘Chicken King’ Ranjit Boparan, said that it would be creating “up to 1,000 new roles within the poultry supply chain”, as part of this step. These include 300 new roles in is Willand site in Devon and 30 additional jobs in Scunthorpe.

In Scotland it will create 250 new roles at its Coupar Angus factory and in Wales it will add 35 in Llangefni, Anglesey.

It also said that “potentially 400 new roles” would be created in its West Bromwich factory.

The company temporarily closed the West Bromwich site last year after undercover footage from The Guardian and ITV News showed workers at the company retrieving chicken that had been dropped on the floor and returning it to the production line as well as older chicken being mixed with fresher birds.

In October, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee grilled Mr Boparan about safety standard breaches at 2 Sisters Food Group following reports of poor standards at the company’s site in West Bromwich.

Mr Boparan apologised for the scandal and pledged to improve standards at the factory, increase training for his workforce and install cameras to monitor staff.

By Ayesha Javed

Source: The Telegraph

comments closed

Related News

May 26, 2024

Heineken Pilot looks to boost digital supply chain flexibility

Consumer Packaged Goods

Heineken is investing in its ability to “mix and match” demand planning models as it builds out a connected supply chain. The flexibility to select models for both shorter and longer horizons remains a current challenge in demand planning, Corneel Hindriks, Heineken manager of digital and technology, global planning, tells CGT.

May 26, 2024

KPS to snap up Tate & Lyle’s corn business in US$350 million deal

Consumer Packaged Goods

US-based investor KPS Capital Partners is set to acquire Tate & Lyle’s joint venture Primient, which formulates plant-based ingredients, for US$350 million. The move will complete KPS’ remaining 49.7% ownership of the company to propel Primient’s corn business by modernizing operations, supporting growth initiatives and sustainability practices.

May 26, 2024

Kimberly-Clark names Patricia Corsi Chief Growth Officer

Consumer Packaged Goods

Kimberly-Clark has selected Patricia Corsi to lead its marketing and adjacent growth strategies, succeeding Alison Lewis as chief growth officer. Corsi will be tasked with accelerating brand and commercial program success, driving long-term growth for the company.

How can we help you?

We're easy to reach