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Vion sells Debbie & Andrew’s sausage brand

By Mike Stones , 31-Jan-2013
Last updated on 31-Jan-2013 at 13:08 GMT

Multi-national meat company Vion has sold its Debbie & Andrew’s sausage brand to WA Turner, a subsidiary of ABP Food Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Ian Bagnell, md of WA Turner, said: “We have a long history of producing quality sausages stretching back over 150 years and the acquisition of the Debbie & Andrew’s brand is an exciting and important addition to our product range.

“We are keen to reinforce the Debbie & Andrew’s brand values and expand the current range of traditional flavours. Our product development team have already started work on new flavours.”

Founded in 1852 by the Turner family in Stowmarket, Suffolk, WA Turner was acquired by ABP Food Group in 2007.

Supermarket own-label formats

WA Turner produces sausages and pies for several leading UK multiples in branded and supermarket own-label formats.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Vion announced the sale of its Hall’s brand to Scottish food manufacturer Browns Food Group for also for an undisclosed sum.

On Wednesday (January 30) Tesco dropped ABP Food Group subsidiary Silvercrest Foods, after it was revealed the manufacturer sourced product from non-approved suppliers in Poland. Tesco said the “breach of trust ” was responsible for the contamination of its value beef burgers with horse meat.

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