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.