Farmers’ union says deal will see new era for meat processing

The agreement reached between Vion UK and 2 Sisters Food Group heralds a new era in meat processing in Scotland, according to the NFUS.

Boparan Holdings Limited, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has agreed to acquire Vion’s poultry and red meat processing businesses in the UK. In Scotland, that will include the McIntosh Donald red meat business at Portlethen and the poultry processing sites at Coupar Angus and Cambuslang.

The acquisition follows the announcement by Vion in November 2012 of its plan to exit its UK operations. That had been preceded by the decision to close the pig processing operation at Broxburn.

Following discussions this week, Vion UK has offered to facilitate a meeting later this month to allow NFUS to meet with key 2 Sisters personnel to hear first-hand its plans for the Scottish sites.

Commenting on the announcement, NFU Scotland vice-president Rob Livesey said: “Since the announcement regarding Vion’s UK plants in November 2012, there has been a degree of uncertainty over the future of the sites in Scotland. This agreement draws a line under that and we will meet with 2 Sisters management in due course to get a feel for its plans for Scotland.

“Recent headline-grabbing issues within the processed food sector have shown that there are genuine opportunities for Scotland to deliver the traceability, provenance and quality that consumers want.”