Poultry Business of the Year

Moy Park

Moy Park

We are honoured to be named Poultry Business of the Year, in recognition of Moy Park’s innovative spirit, environmental credentials and ongoing investment,” said Kirsty Wilkins, HR and performance director, Moy Park. “As a business we are always striving to remain at the cutting edge in terms of R&D, operational excellence and nurturing future talent, and we are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious accolade. This achievement is a testament to the dedication, determination and outstanding performance of our teams, who have been working harder than ever to feed the nation throughout the challenges of 2020.”

Moy Park is one of the UK’s top 15 food companies and one of Europe’s leading poultry producers with turnover of £1.6bn. The judges said the company placed innovation at its core, with continual investment in both people and facilities. During 2019 Moy Park invested £40-50m.

These investments included dedicated production lines for key customers, implementation of a company-wide IT project, brand new innovation suites in Grantham and Craigavon, efficiency investments and sustainability. 

Moy Park’s ambitious plastics strategy plans to reduce its overall usage of packaging by 5% year on year while also increasing the percentage of recyclable packaging by 5%. During 2019 it reduced plastics by over 530 tonnes.

In 2018, the first of Moy Park’s major facilities transitioned to being powered by 100% renewable energy, and this year has achieved a CO2e reduction of 6,000 tonnes p.a. For the past five consecutive years, Moy Park has maintained zero waste to landfill. It has also provided over 300,000 meal equivalents in total to support FareShare in eradicating food poverty, 50,000 meal equivalents during 2019. 

The business supplies branded and own label chicken products to leading retailers and foodservice providers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe and is the industry leading manufacturer of organic, free-range and higher welfare chicken.

The business has 12,000 team members who support the processing of up to six million birds per week, produced on 800 farms across the country. The business is vertically integrated with primary processing and prepared foods, broiler farms, parent and grandparent stock, mills and hatcheries. In the agriculture side of the operation the inputs and outputs are fixed: feed and chicken. However, the variables which can make all the difference are in between: the environment, infrastructure and interpretation. On farm, the business optimises the operations to achieve average daily gain in bird weights. The influences measured and adjusted include CO2, O2, air flow, temperature, water usage, feed flow, lighting. These are statistically analysed and interpreted for trends, prior year performance and performance against the goal.

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