SOANES POULTRY has completed the first phase of a £1.6m upgrade to its Middleton-on-the-Wolds processing facility.

A new £400,000 chiller will increase capacity by 25%. A second phase of the upgrade will begin early next year.

Soanes Poultry’s managing director Nigel Upson said: “In addition to the infrastructure projects completed in 2017/18, the extension project will enable us to increase whole bird processing and expand our portioning capacity in response to customer needs and the completion of the chiller is an important step. It is a state-of-the-art chiller with high efficiency cooler controls and a robust leak detection system that protects the environment.

“It’s a significant investment that marks a new and exciting chapter in our history and goes hand in hand with work that is underway to upgrade our farms to develop further our high animal welfare standards.”