The management team at Moy Park Ashbourne

The management team at Moy Park Ashbourne

JBS-owned Moy Park has announced a GBP10m (US$15.1m) investment in its poultry plant in the English town of Ashbourne.

The company is looking to increase processing capacity to over one million birds a week with the installation of a new cutting line, equipment and refrigeration chilling technology. 

In parallel, Moy Park has announced investment at its Ashbourne hatchery. The move will increase the hatchery's capacity to 1.2m chicks per week, enabling Moy Park to meet growing demand.

The projects will see the creation of 100 jobs.

Alan Gibson, director of Moy Park's business in the UK and Ireland, said:  "This is a really exciting development for Ashbourne which will see the hatchery and the factory transformed into state-of-the art facilities employing the most technologically advanced equipment.

"This multimillion pound investment will meet the highest standards of animal welfare, hygiene and biosecurity.  It will also ensure that we are well placed to meet increasing consumer demand for locally sourced, high quality poultry products. We are committed to providing a best-in-class service for our customers and leading the way in terms of product quality and innovation. These investments are a very positive development for Ashbourne and there is a great feeling of optimism amongst the team as we position the business for continued growth.

Brazil-based meat giant BS announced the acquisition of Moy Park from Marfrig in June this year.