Avara Foods, the UK poultry business, is seeking to employ a further 130 people at its facility in the English West Midlands.

The company, created in 2018 as a joint venture between US agri-food giant Cargill’s UK fresh poultry business and UK poultry processor Faccenda, said the positions at its Dudley plant span operational functions including production, technical and planning.

Avara, which supplies major supermarkets, other manufacturers and the foodservice channel, said it needs the additional employees as its Dudley plant, which previously operated for five days a week, now processes poultry every day to meet demand.

The company said the factory is now producing hundreds of thousands more units of product than in 2020 and it expects another surge in demand during the summer barbecue season.

Mick Hillson, site manager at Avara Foods in Dudley, said: “We’re well-established here in Dudley and this latest recruitment drive is evidence of our on-going commitment to the area.

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“Our factory is very important to Avara’s wider operations and I’m pleased we’re expanding.”

At the time of its founding in 2018, Avara was said to employ more than 6.000 people, based on the headcount of its legacy businesses.

In April, it announced expansion plans for another site in the English Midlands – this one at Hereford. It revealed it was adding a new packing line for diced products.