November 18, 2018

East Yorkshire Poultry business’s expansion plans to create 15 new jobs

Claire Wright and Nigel Upson

Plans to increase capacity at Middleton on the Wolds based chicken specialist Soanes Poultry will result in 15 new jobs. The £1.6m poultry factory extension project will increase capacity by 20% from June 2019 and will create employment in the sales and marketing, processing and distribution departments.

Soanes Poultry’s general manager, Nigel Upson, said: “The project will enable us to improve infrastructure, increase whole bird processing and expand our portioning capacity in response to customer needs.

“It’s a significant investment that marks a new and exciting chapter in Soanes Poultry’s history and goes hand in hand with a plan to upgrade our farms.”

The project is part funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development with a £583,000 grant secured by Westley Consulting.

Soanes Poultry is a family owned business which has been rearing and preparing chicken for 71 years. It currently employs 120 people and rears 5m chickens a year on its Yorkshire farms and sells its chicken and game to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.