Meat giant Danish Crown has decided to move deboning from a site in Denmark to a plant in the UK.

In January, Danish Crown announced it would close its deboning department at its facility in the local town of Faaborg because the production was too costly to remain in Denmark.

Today (13 August), the co-op said it would invest in expansion at a site in Bugle in Cornwall. 

“Back in January, we said that production would be moved to Poland, Germany or the UK where Danish Crown already has a number of facilities, and we have now decided on the UK due to the synergies which can be realised with Tulip Ltd,” Jesper Friis, CEO of Danish Crown’s pork arm, said.

Danish Crown said “a large proportion” of Faaborg’s production is destined for the UK market. Its Tulip subsidiary was also found to have surplus capacity. The expansion of the Bugle plant will make it the largest de-boning facility in the UK.

The co-op, meanwhile, also plans to install an air drying and linear curing site further west in the town of Redruth site. The projects will see at least 250 new jobs created.

The GBP16m investment is being part-funded through the government regional fund with a grant of GBP4.8m. Work will start this autumn and is expected to end in the first half of 2015.