2 Sisters Food Group has revealed its plan to expand its cutting operation at its chicken processing site located in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, which will lead to the creation of 150 new jobs at the factory.

According to the chicken processor, the factory could go on expanding in case the present upgrade was a success. The new cutting line was actually part of the chicken processor’s multi-million pound investment strategy.

Coupar Angus general manager Russell Allan was reported saying: “We’ve seen significant investment in the site since 2 Sisters bought it, upgrading the chill line and changing the production lay out.

 ‘Great news’ for the whole team

Allan added: “The expansion of the cutting operation is great news for the whole team at Coupar, and recognises the commitment and dedication of our loyal colleagues.”

2 Sisters revealed that once the additional workers are hired, the site will be capable of supplying more retail packed chicken portions.

An excited 2 Sisters UK Poultry operations director Peter Judge was quoted saying: “This is an exciting time for the team at Coupar and if the current expansion is successful then there is the scope for further growth.

He concluded: “2 Sisters is in the midst of a multi-million pound programme to transform how poultry is processed in the UK.”

A huge investment programme

The Coupar Angus facility is where the slaughtering, cutting as well as complete bird packaging is done.  This site is where the production of whole chicken as well as smart price chicken, free-range chicken, skinon/skinless Elmwood fillets and Standard welfare Elmwood is carried out.

Last month, 2 Sisters’ owner Boparan Holdings reported a 39% slump in like-for-like operating profit to £13.1M, which the company said was attributed to bird flu plus redundancy costs. The Perthshire investment followed after this report.

According to a report by Boparan Holdings’ Protein division, there was a 4.8% increase in its like-for-like sales to £566.8M. 2 Sisters CEO Ranjit Boparan said that while the division was making good progress, its operating profit plummeted 25% to £6.7M.

2 Sisters latest investments this year include a £10M at ready meals factory in May, £5M at meat retailer in April, and 100 new jobs at its Derby factory in January.