Morrison Supermarkets plc announced an agreement to acquire a 105,000 sq. ft. meat processing facility from Vion UK Ltd.
The site is a centralised fresh pork and lamb retail packing plant which has the capacity to expand into beef products and increase its overall existing production. The acquisition will give Morrisons even greater capacity as it continues to grow and greater control over the quality of the meat products sold in store.
Morrisons is the second largest fresh food manufacturer in the UK, employing over 7,000 people, and a central part of its differentiation from its competitors is this vertically integrated model.
The food retailer owns a number of bakeries, meat processing facilities and produce packing factories, enabling it to have a greater control over the quality, cost and the supply of fresh food into its 476 stores nationwide.
Over 300 staff at the facility in Winsford will have their jobs secured as a result of the deal, with the potential for further roles in the next year as the business grows.
This acquisition is the latest in a number of transactions to strengthen Morrisons' manufacturing capabilities. Morrisons has pledged to invest £200 mill. over a three year period to support the growth of the business.
Source: Morrison Supermarkets plc