Moy Park reports highest poultry production in 75 years
Moy Park has announced a major production milestone, with the company producing six million birds per week for the first time in its 75-year history.
The company has reportedly increased production by 20% since 2015 and now supplies 30% of the total UK poultry market.
David Gibson, Moy Park director of agriculture, attributes the growth to the continued demand for quality, locally sourced poultry.
He said: “Reaching six million birds per week is a huge achievement for Moy Park. This growth is testament to our commitment to agricultural and operational excellence and will ensure Moy Park is well equipped to meet demand for locally sourced, high quality poultry products.
“By continuing to invest in our industry-leading agricultural base and state-of-the-art processing facilities, along with customer focused innovation, this latest announcement creates a solid platform for future growth.”
Moy Park has 12 processing facilities in Northern Ireland, England, France and Holland and works in partnership with over 800 dedicated farming partners across the UK, who supply poultry to the company.
According to Gibson, the demand for Moy Park’s products remains strong across all regions and he believes the business is well placed to expand on its position as a leading European food company.
The company has further enhanced its position in the UK, with investments across its operations, including the completion of a hatchery in Newark, England.
The new facility is said to be one of the first of its kind in Europe and hatches 2.5 million chicks per week, making it the largest single-build hatchery in the UK.
The news comes following the announcement that Moy Park, who produce the Gold Corn Fed Free-Range Chicken range for Ocado, won the Best Poultry Product category at the recent Meat Management Industry Awards for its Ocado Gold Corn Fed Free-Range Chicken.