turrif meat plant deal finalised by morrisons

SUPERMARKET MORRISONS has completed its purchase of the meat processing plant at Turriff, Aberdeenshire, from Irish-owned processor Kepak.

The acquisition of the plant, which employs 200 people, marks the start of planned big investment in Scotland in 2005, said a Morrisons spokesman. All the existing jobs in Turriff were safe, he added.

“Scotland is renowned for the excellence of its food and this strategic move ensures that we can provide all our shoppers with the highest quality home-grown Scottish beef and lamb,” added David Hutchinson, Morrisons manufacturing, warehouse and distribution director.

Morrisons has developed a policy of vertical integration, already owning a meat processing plant at Colne, Lancashire. The Turriff site will provide meat for the five new Morrisons stores due to open in Scotland this year. Almost all Safeway stores in Scotland will convert to Morrisons by the end of the year.