Two of its contract growers have “invested significantly” in new capacity to maintain the growth pace started last year.
Growers in Hull and Driffield have invested in new buildings that will increase their capacity by 25% and 40% respectively to ensure supply as Soanes enters the “next phase of its business growth”.
General manager Nigel Upson said: “The farms upgrade project goes hand in hand with our plans to improve infrastructure, increase whole bird processing and expand our portioning capacity in response to customer needs.”
This follows a £1.6m investment by the business at its Middleton on the Wolds factory, which increased capacity by 20% and created 15 new jobs. The factory expansion project was part-funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development, with a £583,000 grant secured by Westley Consulting.
It also added two senior members to its team last May.
The business was also shortlisted for the Meat, Poultry and Seafood Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2018.
Recently, Suffolk pork producer Dingley Dell invested £500,000 in a new charcuterie facility while Finsbury invested £1m to boost efficiencies at its Kara foodservice facility in Manchester.