A retail price war among supermarkets and the slowdown in consumer spending is resulting in strong downward pressure on poultry prices. But that hasn’t stopped Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan’s 2 Sisters Food Group from continuing to expand.
The West Bromwich-based company – best known for its Buxted brand of whole chickens and chicken dishes – has bought the South West poultry firm Lloyd Maunder.
Lloyd Maunder claims to have pioneered the production of poultry for the retail market 50 years ago. Today it is the UK’s leading producer of specialist poultry for supermarkets nationwide.
The new owners plan to expand the business, developing it into a regional centre of excellence. The Boparans are also investing in the Forfar processing plant with a major upgrade of the facilities which currently process 250,000 chickens a week.
This sort of ambitious expansion and investment has meant that the business – founded in 1993 – now turns over around £650 million and employs 5,500 people on 13 sites in the UK, Holland and the US.
The flagship of the group is its Scunthorpe processing plant which has been operating form more than 20 years. After a major investment programme it is now one of the most modern and best equipped food processing plants in Europe.
The Boparans are very keen on training and developing their workforce and are proud of their record of putting employees through NVQs on factory and farm production.
Despite their success, 2008 is probably a year the Boparans would prefer to forget. Their son Antonio was jailed for 21 months for dangerous driving after a car accident which left a baby paralysed and brain damaged.