The extension project is intended to increase capacity at the site by 20% from June 2019, as well as improve infrastructure and portioning capacity.
The expanded factory would result in the creation of 15 new jobs, according to the company, which is based in East Yorkshire. The jobs are expected to be in the sales and marketing, processing and distribution departments.
The project is part-funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development, with a £583,000 grant secured by Westley Consulting.
Whole bird processing
Soanes Poultry’s general manager Nigel Upson said: “The project will enable us to improve infrastructure, increase whole bird processing and expand our portioning capacity in response to customer needs.
“It's a significant investment that marks a new and exciting chapter in Soanes Poultry’s history and goes hand in hand with a plan to upgrade our farms.”
Soanes Poultry is a family-owned business, which has been rearing and preparing chicken for 71 years.
It currently employs 120 people and rears 5 million chickens a year on its Yorkshire farms, selling its chicken and game to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.