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Jobs boost for Merthyr as Anglesey waits

Mar 4 2013

Red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru has welcomed news that the future of the St Merryn meat processing plant in Merthyr and the 1,300 jobs of its employees have been secured.

Dutch company Vion put all 11 of its UK meat processing operations up for sale last year.

Today the Birmingham-based 2 Sisters Food Group announced that it had reached an agreement with Vion to take over the St Merryn plant as well poultry facilities in Llangefni, Anglesey and Sandycroft, Flintshire as well as premises in both England and Scotland.

HCC Chairman Dai Davies said: “This is excellent news for Merthyr, not only for the town and the employees who are directly employed at St Merryn, but also for the hundreds of farmers who supply the plant.”

Another one of Vion’s plants included in their strategic decision to sell its UK operations, however, has not yet found a buyer.

Welsh Country Foods in Gaerwen, Anglesey employs 350 people. In a statement issued today, Vion said it continues to explore opportunities for the Gaerwen plant after a key customer cancelled its contract in January.

Mr Davies said: “Despite being left out of today’s deal, HCC remains hopeful that there is a future for Welsh Country Foods. As the last remaining large abattoir in North Wales, it has an important strategic role to play in the red meat industry of the region.”

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