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Faccenda

Established over 40 years ago by Robin Faccenda and family, Faccenda has grown through a series of acquisitions including Hinton Poultry, Perry Poultry and Webbs Country Foods, and now turns over c£300m.
 
Faccenda Group Ltd is one of the largest suppliers of chickenin the UK employing approximately 2,200 staff. There are three sites within the group located at Brackley, Telford and Dudley.
 
Brackley is a primary processing plant with a throughput of 1.9 to 2 million birds per week and employs approximately 600 staff. Faccenda’s Head Office team is also based at this site.
 
Faccenda Group Ltd is a privately owned business with well established relationships with an impressive customer base. 
 
Faccenda Group Ltd own 80% of their own farms and hatcheries and supply poultry products to customers including Asda, Nandos, KFC, Costa and Harvester. 
Faccenda is a completely self sufficient business.
 
Faccenda Group’s mission statement is:
 
“We are committed to being recognised by our customers as the leading supplier of excellence in fresh chicken”.
 
The company has a clear vision and a core set of values:
 
 
RESPONSIBILITY
"care for each other, deliver for the customer
and create a successful business"
 
TEAMWORK
"we work together because every
link in the chain is vital"
 
EXCELLENCE
"we share a passion to be better
every day in all we do"
 
 
 
 
 
Acquisition
 
Faccenda acquires Cranberry Foods to consolidate its position as a leading UK food business
 
Brackley, UK, 1 May 2012 – Faccenda Group Ltd, one of the UK’s leading food producers, is today announcing the acquisition of Cranberry Foods Ltd, the UK’s second biggest turkey producer. The deal will see Faccenda become one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers with a turnover of c. £400 million.
 
Faccenda Group is a privately owned family business that has been a leading supplier of fresh chicken products for 50 years. It employs 2000 people in hatcheries, farms, feed mills and processing plants across the UK.
 
Cranberry Food supplies the UK’s leading supermarkets, and food service sector. The company has 750 employees and a turnover of c. £100m. Its factory sites include processing plants in Scropton, Derbyshire and Abergavenny, South Wales while its farming operation stretches from Yorkshire to South Wales.
 
The deal complements Faccenda’s recent announcement for its planned internal investment at its Telford and Brackley sites and creates a major cross sector food business with significant penetration in the UK’s growing retail and food service sector.
 
Andy Dawkins, Managing Director of Faccenda Group Ltd says: “This is an exciting and important acquisition for Faccenda and its employees, making us one of the UK’s largest food producers. The clear synergies between our two businesses mean our customers will continue to enjoy an expert and trusted service, while allowing us to grow the scale and range of our products.”
 
Cranberry Foods’ Joint Managing Directors Andrew Lewins and David Horn will remain with the business in their existing positions until a smooth transition into the Faccenda group has taken place. Mr Horn said: “Cranberry Foods has quickly become one of two major turkey producers in the UK since we founded the company in 2003. Our success has been built on a commitment to product quality, service and integrity – all of which we share with Faccenda.”
 
Mr Lewins said: “We are delighted to be joining the Faccenda family. They have been a UK success story for many years and share our commitment to British farming. Through this acquisition Cranberry gains the benefits of being part of a larger food business that seeks to build on its existing strengths and successes. It heralds a new era for Cranberry Foods and its employees.”
 
About Cranberry Foods
 
Cranberry Foods is a privately owned, vertically integrated turkey producer, with 750 employees and a turnover of c. £100m. Founded in 2003, the company controls the breeding, hatching and growing of birds to produce a wide range of fresh and frozen turkey products.
 
Its farming base stretches from Yorkshire to South Wales. Its main sites are in Abergavenny and Scropton.
 
Investment
 
Alongside financial stability and a strong business; Faccenda continue to invest in their business. A £7 million state of the art intake system is nearing completion at the Brackley site which will be the biggest system of its type in the UK.
 
It is not just an investment in capital equipment either with Faccenda working towards World Class Manufacturing targets and engineering personal development the best it has ever been. Engineering is the life blood of the site and engineers can enjoy fantastic career progression coupled with a local college to support vocational growth. There is a real passion in the department with a feeling of ownership.
 
In the words of Andrew Hancock, Engineering Manager “It does not get any better for an engineer in food manufacturing right now”.

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