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Cargill and Faccenda Foods to Combine Their Fresh Poultry Activities in the UK

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Cargill and Faccenda Foods to Combine Their Fresh Poultry Activities in the UK

Cargill and Faccenda Foods to Combine Their Fresh Poultry Activities in the UK
September 26
09:59 2017

Cargill and Faccenda Foods have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a leading UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck. The new company will have the capability to respond to changing customer needs in the retail and food service sectors with a strategy for growth. The formation of this joint venture is subject to clearance by the relevant regulatory authorities.

Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK will be combined with Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business to form the new company. The new joint venture will be a standalone business, with Cargill and Faccenda taking an equal shareholding. It brings together two complementary businesses with a track record of success, shared values and a strong reputation in the UK poultry market.

Andy Dawkins, managing director of Faccenda Foods.

Andy Dawkins, managing director of Faccenda Foods, will be appointed chief executive of the newly formed company. Chris Hall, fresh chicken director for Cargill Meats Europe, will be appointed chief commercial officer of the new joint venture.

The new business plans to employ approximately 6,000 people in the UK, with employees coming from both parent companies. It will operate across multiple agriculture and operational centres, with broad capabilities that span the supply chain focused on operational excellence and customer focused partnerships.

“We believe the two organisations are complementary. Combining into one entity allows us to build on our strengths, grow in the market and better serve our customers. The venture will facilitate greater opportunities to innovate and deliver new and exciting poultry products for consumers,” explains Chris Langholz, president of Cargill Poultry.

Ian Faccenda, chief executive of Faccenda Investments, comments: “Both Cargill and Faccenda are recognised today by their customers for their high standards and great service. The new joint venture confirms our long-term commitment to being a responsible partner across the entire supply chain, providing stability and security to our customers, suppliers and growers for years to come.”

Separate to this joint venture, in the UK Cargill will continue to process and sell cooked poultry products in Balliol, Wolverhampton, as well as operate its poultry import, trading and distribution business. Cargill will also continue to operate its European poultry businesses in France, Russia and the Netherlands. Faccenda will retain its shareholding in Dartmouth Foods.

The name of the new joint venture is going to be announced at the closing of the deal.

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