Maelor Foods poultry plant jobs boost

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Poultry processor Maelor Foods is looking to increase operations at its Pickhill Lane facility in Cross Lanes near Wrexham. There is the prospect of 125 additional jobs and a boost of £13 million to the Wrexham economy.

The company – part of the wider Salisbury Poultry group – invested £20million into the site in 2014. It currently employs 251 local people at the Pickhill Lane site and processes up to one million birds a week.

But bosses said that demand for poultry in the UK has soared since the UK’s departure from the EU. With demand far outstripping supply, Maelor Foods is looking to submit a planning application to Wrexham Council to vary a planning condition, which currently limits production at the facility.

Ricky Mehta, a director at Maelor Foods, said: “Since we started operating at Pickhill Lane in 2014 there have been various restrictions limiting the amount of production that we can do at the site. When we started operating in 2014 this restriction was set at 400,000 birds a week and in 2019 this was lifted to 1 million birds.

“Across the UK similar poultry processing facilities are not subjected to any restrictions on the amount they process. So, we will shortly be asking Wrexham Council to raise the existing restriction to a maximum of 2million birds a week.

 

Owen Hughes / Daily Post

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