Norfolk poultry integrator Banham Poultry has been sold to Chesterfield Poultry, saving 1,000 jobs. The firm, which has been in family ownership for 40 years, is the biggest employer in mid-Norfolk, rearing nearly 22 million chickens a year and processing them on site for major supermarkets.
Last week it was revealed the firm was close to collapsing. Bernard Matthews also bid for the business, although it is understood Chesterfield Poultry secured the deal on the basis on preserving the jobs at the site.
Processing takes place at its Attleborough plant some 12 miles from Norwich. The business is the largest employer in Breckland, Norfolk employing over 1,000 workers directly or contract staff.