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Dunbia aquires family pork processor G Wood & Sons

March 17
10:58 2013

Major meat processor Dunbia has acquired family owned Nottinghamshire abattoir and pork processor G Wood & Sons for an undisclosed sum.
Dunbia already has seven meat processing operations across the UK, three in Ireland and a French trading office in Paris.

It said the proposed acquisition, which is subject to due diligence, will enable it to build on its established pork processing business in Northern Ireland.

The move will complete Dunbia’s supply chain to the Midlands by integrating with its pork processing plant in Crewe and its Preston sausage processing  factory, which recently saw a multimillion-pound investment.

In a statement issued to FoodManufacture.co.uk, Dunbia Group md Jim Dobson said: “This will be a strategic acquisition for Dunbia, which will allow us to integrate our supply chain by aligning the Mansfield abattoir with our boning operation in Crewe.

‘Expand our pork division’

“The deal builds on our strong network of abattoirs across the UK and provides us with access to additional supplies of British quality assured and higher welfare pork. We see this acquisition as an opportunity to expand our pork division in line with our customers’ requirements.”

Directors of G Wood & Sons, Chris and John Wood welcomed the announcement.

Chris Wood said: “Becoming part of the growing Dunbia Group is a positive step forward for the G Wood and Sons business. Dunbia’s decision to acquire our business will safeguard the future of the company for our employees, suppliers and customers.

“We have worked hard to successfully build up the business over the years and feel the time is now right to become part of a larger group.”

100 jobs at pork supplier

In October 2011 Dunbia safeguarded more than 100 jobs
when it took over the site of pork supplier Heathfield Foods in Crewe.

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