Farmison & Co to reopen after consortium acquisition
Farmison & Co, the sustainable online butcher acquired at the end of April by a consortium led by ex-Asda CEO Andy Clarke, has confirmed that it will begin a phased re-opening of operations.
A selection of heritage breeds will go on sale online at www.farmison.com, with more ranges gradually brought back to the website over the weeks ahead. Its Ripon shop and click-and-collect location, ‘Cut by Farmison’, will also re-open later this week.
After a certification inspection at its Ripon headquarters, the Food Standards Agency has given Farmison the green light to restart operations. The business has also re-engaged key leaders in operations, supply and its butchery department – part of a plan to re-recruit over 50 people over the course of the coming months.
It has obtained commitments from its farming partners across the north of England, that they will continue to supply Farmison with the grass-fed, heritage breed meat that is at the heart of Farmison’s customer promise.
The sustainable online meat retailer was acquired by a consortium led by Yorkshire retailer Andy Clarke and Chilli Marketing’s Gareth Whittle, Christian Barton and Kieron Barton.
New executive chairman Andy Clarke said: “I want to give a massive thank you to the Farmison team who’ve acted with incredible speed to bring the business back to life – and of course to our farmers across Yorkshire and the North, who are determined to support the business get back on its feet.
“We’ve been absolutely bowled over by the messages of support from colleagues, customers and suppliers since taking ownership of the business.
“It will be some weeks yet before we have our full ranges back online, but we thank each and every one of the customers who’ve sent us those messages of encouragement and support over the past few weeks. It means the world to the whole Farmison team.
“We look forward to serving them once more in the days, weeks and months ahead.”