Banham Poultry acquired by ‘chicken king’ Boparan

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Banham Poultry has been acquired by Boparan Private Office
Banham Poultry has been acquired by Boparan Private Office

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Norfolk-based Banham Poultry has been acquired by 2 Sisters Food Group president Ranjit Singh Boparan for an undisclosed sum.

A spokesman for the Boparan Private Office (BPO) said the acquisition would enable the group to maintain processing capacity and fulfil customers’ orders in the run up to Christmas and meet future demand.

“We have a strong track record in investing in and supporting the food processing and agricultural sectors, and we are totally committed to maintaining production capacity and jobs at the Banham site,”​ said the spokesman. 

Commitment across the business

“This acquisition should be viewed as very good news for Banham employees, farmers, customers and suppliers and we will ensure that their needs will continue to be fulfilled.”

BPO said the acquisition would safeguard the jobs of more than 1,000 employees working within the business, as well as many more across the supply chain.

Banham Poultry’s previous owners purchased the business in a pre-pack administration in 2018. Bernard Matthews, which is now owned by Boparan, was one of the business in talks to acquire the business.

Banham investments

In January, the poultry processor began a £500,000 overhaul of its odour abatement system at its Attleborough processing plant as part of a multi-million pound programme of improvements at the Norfolk-based production hub.

Speaking at the time, managing director Blaine Van Rensburg said: “This significant programme of improvements to totally transform our Attleborough plant will make it one of the most modern in the sector.”

The past month has seen a number of acquisition within the food and drink sector.

Last week, Irish dairy cooperative Ornua has completed the acquisition of US cheese ingredients business Whitehall Specialties​ for an undisclosed sum.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, baked goods manufacturer and retail bakery chain Cooplands has been acquired by Euro Garages (EG) Group​ for an undisclosed sum.

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