A Staffordshire Moorlands business that employs hundreds of people has been sold – it was announced on Friday (January 24).
John Pointon and Sons, an animal by-products and proteins business, has been purchased by Advanced Proteins – a by-product division of ABP – for an undisclosed sum.
The company’s site in Cheddleton is the ‘largest single site by-product and pet food ingredient supplier’ in the country – with a capacity of 400,000 metric tons.
Hundreds of people are employed at the site – with ABP saying things would remain ‘business as usual’.
Frank Stephenson, CEO of ABP Food Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome management and staff from John Pointon and Sons to ABP Food Group.
“It will be very much business as usual and we look forward to further developing and growing the business.”
ABP has been involved with the animal by-products business for more than 50 years – with the company saying this division operates ‘separately and independently’ from ABP’s fresh beef division.
Mark Pointon, CEO of Pointon and Sons, said the sale was ‘a fantastic opportunity’.
He added: “These are very exciting times and all the team here at John Pointon and Sons is very much looking forward to becoming part of the ABP Group of companies.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to further develop what is already one of the market leading animal by-products facilities in the UK.”
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