Moy Park has announced a major GBP10 million (US$15.1 million) investment for the Ashbourne, U.K., area covering both its Ashbourne hatchery and processing facility with the creation of 100 new jobs.

The investment at Moy Park’s Ashbourne processing facility will enable the company to increase processing capacity to over 1 million birds per week with the installation of a new cutting line, processing equipment and refrigeration chilling technology.

Moy Park has also announced a major investment program at its Ashbourne hatchery.  The investment will increase the hatchery’s capacity to 1.2 million chicks per week, enabling Moy Park to meet growing demand from its customers for high quality, locally sourced poultry products. 

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The investment program forms part of Moy Park’s wider growth strategy which has seen the company make significant investments in its industry leading farming and operational facilities aimed at delivering best in class quality for its customers.

Alan Gibson, Moy Park U.K. & Ireland director, said: “This is a really exciting development for Ashbourne which will see the hatchery and the factory transformed into state-of-the art facilities employing the most technologically advanced equipment. This multimillion pound investment will meet the highest standards of animal welfare, hygiene and biosecurity. It will also ensure that we are well placed to meet increasing consumer demand for locally sourced, high quality poultry products.  We are committed to providing a best in class service for our customers and leading the way in terms of product quality and innovation. These investments are a very positive development for Ashbourne and there is a great feeling of optimism amongst the team as we position the business for continued growth.”

Moy Park was acquired by Brazil-based meat and poultry company JBS in September.