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3,000 meat jobs saved

The owners of three meat processing plants in Wales say that more than 3,000 jobs have been safeguarded with its sale to a Birmingham based company. The Dutch firm Vion say they have agreed to sell the plant to 2 Sisters Food Group.

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Food plants buyer employs 18,000 workers

The buyer of three meat processing plants in Wales already has 35 manufacturing sites in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Poland. The company based in Birmingham has annual sales of over £2.3bn with customers including Aldi, Asda and Harrods.

2 Sisters Food Group was established in 1993 by Ranjit Singh and remains privately owned.

The company began as a small scale frozen retail cutting operation, but has grown to employ 18,000 people serving the retail, foodservice and manufacturing sectors.

The firm produces a number of branded products including Buxted, Devonshire Red, Fox’s Biscuits, Goodfella’s Pizza, Matthew Walker Christmas puddings and Green Isle vegetables.

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