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ABP Food plans closure of Blackburn meat processing facility

Published 03 December 2015

Meat processing company ABP Food is planning to close its abattoir and processing facility in Blackburn. The company intends to move its Blackburn operations to its newly re-opened site at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

ABP facility

All the affected employees have been offered employment at the new facility and elsewhere in the company, Foodmanufacture.co.uk reported.

The company was quoted by the website as stating that this decision was taken following a review of the activities at the Blackburn site and the reopening of the abattoir at Ellesmere.

ABP has invested £20m in its Ellesmere facility in an effort to make it a carbon neutral site.

The planning commission granted permission to ABP after long drawn discussions to demolish and rebuild its Ellesmere facility, in order to design it to comply with the latest environment measures.

The renovated facility, which spans 60,000m2, has a modern abbatoir, deboning hall and retail packing lines, and capacity to house cattle from more than 2,000 farmers, reported grocer.co.uk.

Further, the processing facility is equipped with energy efficient lighting system, rainwater recycling equipment, sustainable drainage, and technology that facilitates energy consumption reduction, reported Foodmanufacture.co.uk.

In July, ABP Food has opened its upgraded facilities in Cahir, county Tipperary, post completion of €50m redevelopment.

The investment created 152 new jobs, with additional jobs expected in the future.

The upgraded facilities are anticipated to contribute over €1bn to the economy over the next five years.

Image: ABP moves operations to newly renovated facility. Photo: Courtesy of savit keawtavee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.