In an effort to support its recent growth and investment programme, the business has appointed an agricultural director, technical director and rearing manager.
Nigel Butcher, former UK managing director at leading poultry breeding company Hy-line, is now responsible for Fairburn’s hens and speciality breeds, assisting with new product development as agricultural director.
Yvonne Hynd has been appointed technical director and is now in charge of technical quality standards and compliance at Fairburn’s. She was previously an industry consultant and worked at Lakes Free Range Egg Company and Noble Foods.
As rearing manager, Davey Hynd takes charge of Fairburn’s new state-of-the-art rearing farm. He has worked for many of the industry’s leading names and has extensive experience of poultry production and rearing management.
The trio is expected to help CEO Daniel Fairburn and his fellow family directors continue to develop the business, which boasts agriculture, production, packing and distribution arms, and supplies many of the UK’s leading food retailers with millions of eggs every week.
Daniel Fairburn said: “Our business has achieved rapid growth and expansion in recent years, and we needed the best possible people in the industry to help support us and further strengthen our management team. I’m delighted to welcome Nigel, Yvonne and Davey who will help us drive Fairburn’s further forward in the next phase of our development and enhance our existing knowledge base, as well as that of our customers who are so vital to our business.”
In 2013, Fairburn’s switched from being a contract producer for a large brand to setting up on its own. Since then, it has invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment, land and livestock, and signed contracts with many of the UK’s major multiples, as well as launching its own award-winning speciality products and actively building its own network of farming producers. It is now one of the largest independent egg producers and packers in the country, employing more than 280 local Lincolnshire staff and purchasing 80,000 tonnes of feed from farmers in the county last year.