United Kingdom-based Gafoor Poultry Products Ltd. made a £4 million investment to expand its Preston plant, resulting in a boost in production and employees and gaining the company British Retail Consortium Global Food Standard accreditation.

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The bulk of the £4 million went towards plant automation and boosting production, and a further capital investment was made to bring the company's environmental commitments in line with UK/EU legislation. The company's refining of its food safety efforts led to its recognition by the BRC. "Our strategy is to become one of the UK's leading providers of chicken products, not only to the halal market but also to the conventional chicken sector," said Gafoor spokesperson Dave Broxton. "Gaining BRC accreditation is the key to unlocking the doors to blue chip food manufacturers and supermarkets."