As part of its strategy for growth, 2 Sisters Food Group is spending £30m to develop a new state-of-the-art processing facility on an industrial estate in Thetford, Norfolk.
The site, which will open this spring, will initially focus on breaded chicken and will act as the “platform for growth” for the Prepared Foods Division. “This will enable us to offer customers an exciting new range of healthy and nutritious coated food products, alongside our existing bestselling lines,” said 2 Sisters UK managing director Eddie Power.
“Over recent years we have sought to minimise our carbon footprint by reducing our distribution emissions and lowering our energy usage. Thetford will be highly automated with technological and environmental advances that will set the standard in sustainable design and environmental performance.”
Mr Power said 2 Sisters was the first food business to open a new coated protein factory of this scale in the UK for almost 10 years. “We expect the new site to generate over 100 jobs when it opens, with the potential of another 200 jobs in the future.”
Currently, breaded and battered chicken is produced at the company’s Haughley Park site, Stowmarket. The plan is that this will become a dedicated roasting facility only.
The company also has four poultry slaughterhouses, in Norfolk, North Lincolnshire, Angus and Devon, and four cutting plants in the West Midlands. Parent company Boparan Holdings also has a stake in the Harry Ramsdens and FishWorks restaurant chains.