ABP has extended its reach through the acquisition of the Bridge of Allan abattoir and Queenslie meat packing plant in Scotland from Scotbeef.
The two facilities will now become part of the firm’s UK meat division which also includes an existing processing facility in Perth, Scotland.
The sale is expected to complete at the end of July 2023.
With nearly seventy years’ experience and over forty years in Scotland, ABP is one of Europe’s leading meat processors, with a reputation for quality and innovation, supplying fresh and frozen meat products to retailers and food service providers in the UK and worldwide.
ABP employs over 13,000 colleagues across its four divisions: Red Meat, Pet Foods, Renewables and Proteins, with processing facilities in nine countries and a turnover of €5 billion.
Frank Stephenson comments
Commenting on the announcement, Frank Stephenson, group chief executive of ABP, said:
“We look forward to working with the team in Scotbeef to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for farmer suppliers, colleagues and customers at the Queenslie and Bridge of Allan plants.”
“It will be very much business as usual with a commitment to building on Scotbeef’s well-established tradition and reputation for high-quality Scottish red meat products,” he added.
£64K for Life Beyond
Meanwhile, in related news, ABP’s charity partnership with Rural Support has raised over £64,000 in just four weeks through a raffle organised by Rural Support for the Life Beyond bereavement and loss support programme for farm families.
Life Beyond provides no-cost emotional and practical farm mentoring assistance to grieving family members and those who have suffered loss.
The funds raised result from ABP’s decision to donate its Balmoral Show stand, an agricultural shed, or a cash equivalent of £20,000 as the prize for the raffle.
ABP was “instrumental” in getting the Life Beyond programme off the ground in 2021 along with the then President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Victor Chestnutt and has been involved in the programme’s Steering Group ever since.
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