Last updated: January 18, 2013
March 4, 2013
2 Sisters Food Group agrees acquisition of VION’s UK poultry and red meat, securing a viable future for these businesses
2 Sisters Food Group today announces that it has agreed to acquire VION’s poultry and red meat processing businesses in the UK. The acquisition secures a viable future for these businesses, as well as providing certainty to their UK supply chain, which is underpinned by British farmers. The acquisition will help to meet growing demand from 2 Sisters’ poultry customers and further diversifies the company’s offering to include red meat, supporting 2 Sisters’ strategy of serving more meal occasions.
The acquisition follows the announcement by VION’s Dutch parent company on 19 November 2012 of its plan to exit its UK operations. VION’s poultry and red meat businesses are suppliers of poultry, beef and lamb to the retail and food service sectors in the UK and Europe. They have 11 processing sites in the UK and approximately 6,000 employees and have suffered from challenging trading conditions, in particular in poultry, with the loss of a number of major contracts.
Ranjit Singh, Chief Executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, said:
“We are delighted to be acquiring VION UK’s poultry and red meat businesses. They have faced significant uncertainty and tough trading in recent months, but today’s acquisition secures a viable future. With the majority of the operations being in Scotland and Wales, we are delighted that the Scottish and Welsh governments are supportive of this deal and we look forward to working with them and developing a sustainable future for these businesses.
This acquisition will safeguard a key supply chain for high quality British poultry and meat, offering reassurance to farmers in England, Scotland and Wales and upholding the quality and provenance that UK customers and consumers deserve.
At 2 Sisters, we put the customer at the heart of everything we do and in line with our customers’ strategies, these businesses will help us to shorten the supply chain for consumers and meet growing demand for British sourced food. Our immediate focus will be to improve performance, as we have successfully done with our previous acquisitions. We look forward to welcoming VION colleagues to 2 Sisters Food Group, and to working together to grow our business.”
Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Business Minister, said:
“I welcome today's announcement that 2 Sisters is to acquire VION’s poultry and red meat businesses, which safeguards the future of their operations in Wales. We have been working closely with both VION and 2 Sisters to help secure this deal in order to sustain the future for the workers and the supply chain in Wales.”
John Swinney MSP, Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government, said:
"I welcome the decision by the 2 Sisters Food Group to buy Vion. Today's announcement is a significant step forward and my officials and I look forward to working with 2 Sisters over the coming months in order to secure a sustainable future for the plants in Scotland. This is a time of significant opportunity in building the food sector in Scotland and the involvement of 2 Sisters assists that process.”
The sites acquired by 2 Sisters Food Group are:
VION UK Poultry:
VION UK Red Meat:
- St Merryn, Victoria
- St Merryn, Bodmin
- McIntosh Donald, Portlethen
January 18, 2013
Leading sandwich manufacturer set for 100 new jobs
Solway Foods, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, which is based at Manton Wood Enterprise Park, is set to recruit 100 new jobs in its factory, which supplies retail customers including Tesco and Costa.
The site employs around 1200 permanent staff. By winning additional business over the last 12 months, the site has seen production volumes increase by around 6%.
The site is a key part of 2 Sisters Food Group’s growth agenda. 2 Sisters, which employs around 18,000 people in the UK, Ireland and Europe, is one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, supplying products including chicken and poultry, chilled ready meals, pizza, soup, sandwiches and salads; frozen pizza, fish and vegetables; puddings, cakes and desserts.
Steve Bryant, General Manager for Solway Foods at Manton Wood, said: “This is good news for Solway Foods and shows how under 2 Sisters we are focused on growing our business into the future.
“The food industry overall remains tough and highly competitive, but the chilled sandwiches market is showing continued growth and by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, we have been able to benefit.”
Recruitment is already underway at the site, with jobs being phased in over the coming weeks. For more information contact email@example.com
October 11, 2012
2 Sisters Food Group scoops Outstanding Business Achievement award
The Chief Executive of 2 Sisters Food Group has scooped a prestigious industry award which recognises Outstanding Achievement in the food industry.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, scooped The Grocer Cup 2012 award, at a ceremony organised by the IGD (Institute for Grocery Distribution) in London. The food industry is the UK’s largest private sector employer and 2 Sisters is one of the leading manufacturers, supplying branded and own label products to the major supermarkets and other retail customers.
2 Sisters, which employs over 18,000 colleagues, operates from 42 sites in the UK, Ireland, India and Europe, supplying Poultry, Ready meals, Sandwiches, Salads, Pies, Pizza, Fish, Puddings, Cakes and Desserts, and Biscuits. Its brands include Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfella’s pizzas.
Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive of the IGD, said: “Ranjit is a true entrepreneur and a credit to the food industry. He has been on our industry leaders’ forum, the Policy Issues Council, for the last year and continues to make valued contributions to our industry initiatives. I would like to extend my personal, warmest congratulations to him for winning the popular vote and receiving this award.”
Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, said: “Ranjit’s move to acquire Northern, and his vision to create the UK’s biggest supplier, was brave and bold; but with his relentless focus on customer service, he has won a lot of new business from retailers, and is starting to repay the City’s faith in his ability to deliver. He’s also shown a willingness to learn from Northern Foods, reversing some of his back office systems into theirs.”
Ranjit Singh, CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: "It was really pleasing to see 2 Sisters recognised in this way and the award is dedicated to all of our colleagues and all of our customers.