Cargill acquires U.K. poultry business

by Bryan Salvage
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COBHAM, U.K. — Cargill is expanding its poultry operations in the United Kingdom by acquiring Freeman’s of Newent Ltd., a chicken processor located in Gloucestershire. The acquisition, which was completed on Jan. 4, will complement Cargill’s Sun Valley chicken operations.

Freeman’s is a family-owned business supplying fresh chicken to U.K. food service, retail and manufacturing customers.

"Freeman’s will strengthen our fresh chicken business, complement our existing operations in Hereford and reinforce our commitment to U.K. agriculture and our U.K. customers," said Richard Maxfield, managing director of Sun Valley Europe.

The Freeman’s management team, which was headed by Clifford and Nigel Freeman, will remain in place during the integration process and is working closely with Cargill to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

"We have built a strong and effective business over the years," said Clifford Freeman. "Selling the business to Cargill will position it well for future success and enable it to reach its full potential."

Cargill’s global poultry business has grown in recent years with the acquisition of Seara’s poultry and pork business in Brazil. The company now has poultry facilities in the U.K., France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua and Thailand.

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