Poultry feed manufacturer 2Agriculture is planning to relocate its Edinburgh feed mill to capitalise on the value of its existing location, while enabling it to build a state of the art new plant.
The Fairview mill is one of three former Grampian Country Food Group facilities, alongside mills in Llay, Wales and Stoke Ferry, Norfolk plus an extrusion plant in Cambridgeshire that make feeds for thebroiler, broiler breeder, layer and duck sectors. The company has a combined annual capacity of over one million tonnes of feed.
The Vion meat group acquired the assets from Grampian in 2011 before selling them onto the 2Sisters group in 2013 on the Dutch co-operative’s exit from the UK. AB Agri was in discussion to take over the mills in September 2014, but the deal did not complete.
2Agriculture now says the redevelopment of the existing Fairview site adjacent to Edinburgh airport into office space, hotel and leisure facilities will enable the relocation of the Edinburgh mill. It is currently reviewing a number of sites in the Rosyth area.
The sale and move would enable the commissioning of a new 300,000 tonnes annual capacity plant that incorporates the latest facilities and technology. As well as increasing production efficiency, the new mill would be designed in an environmentally sensitive manner.
“This announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting a sustainable Scottish poultry industry,” states Gavin Berry, managing director of 2Agriculture. “2Agriculture is one of the UK’s leading independent milling businesses and has been supplying feed to the poultry sector for over 50 years.
“We are currently working with some of the best architects and planners in the UK - and have a shortlist of four construction companies who will execute this new build project for us,” he continues. “By replacing our older Edinburgh mill, we will be able to ensure our customers enjoy excellence at every level – from the grain as it enters the mill, state-of-the-art technology and engineering through to delivery on farm. Continuing to make significant investment into equipment, technology and infrastructure means that 2Agriculture can operate with the latest innovations – making us a modern, efficient and reliable business to work with.”