ABP Acquires Abattoirs in South of England

UK - Anglo Beef Processors has increased the company's coverage of UK beef cattle procurement and processing with the acquisition of an abattoir and boning plant in Guildford, Surrey.
calendar icon 27 November 2009
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This acquisition comes on top of ABP’s purchase of an abattoir in Sturminster Newton earlier this year.

ABP says the Guildford plant will allow the company to work more closely with producers in the Home Counties and, together with the Dorset plant will enhance ABP’s reach in the South of England from Kent to Cornwall.

The company said the acquisition demonstrates a real commitment to sourcing and processing beef from across the UK and it believes cattle suppliers will immediately benefit from the conditions operated for farmers by ABP including arrangements for beef producers to receive payment for their cattle on the day they are weighed.

Tom Kirwan, Managing Director of ABP said: "The continued expansion of our abattoir and processing units throughout the United Kingdom demonstrates again ABP’s commitment to the UK beef industry. Alongside the recent acquisitions we have plans to continue to expand our beef operations through an on-going investment programme.

"We have wanted to expand our services to beef farmers in the South of England for some time, and the two acquisitions this year give us additional capacity of around 1500 cattle a week and give us the best geographical spread of facilities in the industry.

"We already have some very strong relations with beef farmers in the South of England and we are pleased that in future we will be able to process their animals within their own region. Our strategic approach to regional facilities provides both financial and environmental benefits to the beef sector."

At the time of the Sturminster Newton acquisition in July, a spokesman for ABP said: "The acquisition of Sturminster Newton Abattoir Ltd is important for the company and strengthens the relationships we currently have with our producers in the West Country. It enhances our strategy of providing local processing facilities and the plant will immediately receive new financial investment to significantly increase its throughput.

"All farmers supplying the Sturminster Newton plant will be able to access information about their cattle weights and grades electronically and will immediately benefit from the industry leading conditions operated by ABP including payment for their cattle on the day they are weighed."

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