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Morrisons buys meat processing plant

Thursday February 2nd 2012

Supermarket chain Morrisons has agreed a deal with Vion UK to acquire a meat processing facility in Chesire.

The 105,000 sq ft site in Winsford is a centralised fresh pork and lamb retail packing plant which has the capacity to expand into beef products and increase its overall existing production.

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The retailer said the acquisition will give it greater capacity and greater control over the quality of the meat products sold in store.

Over 300 staff at the facility will have their jobs secured as a result of the deal, with the potential for further roles in the next year as the business grows.

This acquisition is the latest in a number of transactions designed to strengthen Morrisons’ manufacturing capability. The retailer  has pledged to invest £200 million over a three year period to support its growth.

Martyn Fletcher, Morrisons group manufacturing director, said: "Owning the manufacturing sites that produce our fresh food is crucial to Morrisons because it ensures we can control quality and keep down costs for our customers.

"As Morrisons continues to grow, it is important we have the facilities to support us. This facility is a high quality, purpose built meat processing factory and will be an ideal addition to the fantastic manufacturing sites we already own."

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