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The site, based on Sandycroft Industrial Estate in Wales, processes one million birds a week and is one of the biggest sites within 2 Sisters employing more than 1,300 staff. It is a major supplier to the UK’s largest supermarkets, as well as providing wholesale products to KFC.

The investment has enabled the installation of new technology including automated packing lines, new packaging machines, upgrading cutting lines to increase capacity and x-ray bone detection machinery for fillet production.

As a result of the investment, the site was recruiting for more than 200 additional workers in roles such as butchery, trimming, hangers and primary operatives working on various shift patterns.

2 Sisters claims to be one of the highest paying food manufacturers in the region, with an entry rate for new roles at £9.50 an hour and for the skilled roles in butchery paying £11.50 an hour.

Skills crisis

The news comes as president and founder of 2 Sisters Ranjit Singh Boparan warned of ‘the worst food shortages in 75 years’​ if the Government did not address the food industry skills crisis.

“This investment is superb news for the future of our site and our colleagues as we create a skilled and sustainable workforce,”​ said a spokesman for the Sandycroft site. “This is a great reward for our colleagues’ hard work, commitment and outstanding efforts in these unprecedented times.

“Colleagues who join the Sandycroft team will have learning and development opportunities enabling the site to develop competent, skilled and sustainable teams and the site prides itself on promoting within, a large number of colleagues recently received 30+ year awards.”

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