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February 5, 2021

2 Sisters recruiting 500 workers as pandemic pushes up poultry demand

2 Sisters Food Group plans to hire hundreds of workers to meet growing demand for poultry products in the UK.

By Dean Best

2 Sisters Food Group plans to hire hundreds of workers to meet growing demand for poultry products in the UK with consumers confined to the home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK-based poultry giant said it is recruiting 500 workers for its factory in Scunthorpe, a town in north Lincolnshire in the English Midlands. The plant, 2 Sisters’ largest poultry-processing facility, already employs around 1,800 workers, a spokesperson confirmed, adding the site churns out about 1.3 million chickens a week.

Positions available are both temporary and permanent.

“We are delighted to be able to offer these additional roles, especially at a time when the economy and jobs in the Lincolnshire region have been badly affected by the pandemic,” a statement provided to just-food read.

“We’re here to help feed the nation because we play a critical role in ensuring poultry products are enjoyed across the UK, and we can offer some great job opportunities. We have many success stories about people who have developed some great careers, so there’s always opportunity to progress and develop for those who are ambitious.”

With factories situated around the UK, 2 Sisters said it had hired approximately 800 workers over the past 12 months to across the entire business to cater to the increased demand.

But Covid has also taken a toll. In January, 2 Sisters' Coupar Angus poultry plant in Scotland saw a number of positive cases, following another bout of infections at the same site during the summer.

And last October, Bernard Matthews, the UK turkey processor owned by the boss of 2 Sisters, Ranjit Singh Boparan, recorded an outbreak of coronavirus at its plant in the county of Suffolk, east England. 

Another facility in the Welsh town of Llangefni, Anglesey, was hit by the virus in June.

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