Spalding goes ‘world class’

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Last week, we unveiled our newly refurbished Spalding abattoir and production facility at a ceremony attended by representatives from the EMPP (East Midlands Pork Producers), Waitrose, DEFRA and BPEX. 

The multi million pound project, part funded by DEFRA, the EU and in partnership with East Midlands Pork Producers, is the culmination of 18 months’ work that will ensure our Spalding facility is truly ‘world class’.

Seamus Rooney, Managing Director Dalehead Foods explains; “The refurbishment of our Spalding facility reaffirms Dalehead Foods’ commitment to invest in the British pork industry.”

“The site now has a new colleague amenity building, upgraded changing areas, as well as a high-tech lorry wash, a state of the art carcass grading system and a new 500 sq metre pre chill extension which will help reduce ‘drip-loss’, directly benefiting farmers who are part of the EMPP.”

“The upgrade should also enable us to secure US Department of Agriculture approval which in the long run could boost pork exports to the US and ultimately improve the economic outlook for British pig farmers”.

“This facility represents an investment in people,” said Rachel Pearson, Waitrose Buying Manager (Meat). “Quality and trust are all important to our customers when they buy our meat. They trust our farmers, our processers and they trust us – and I know that they would approve wholeheartedly of this facility. I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work. We at Waitrose are very proud to be part of it. We are proud of our partnership and the long-term ambitions that this project represents.”

The new facilities were officially opened by James White from the EMPP who unveiled a plaque marking the completion of the project.