Jobs boost in £25m state-of-art poultry feed mill plan

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Feb 2019

A £25 million animal feed mill could be built in Scunthorpe, creating nearly 100 jobs. 2Agriculture, sister company to 2 Sisters Food Group, is looking to develop a flagship site off Mannaberg Way.

It already employs 250 people across the four existing sites in Scotland, East Anglia and North Wales. This development would bring it closer to the North Lincolnshire poultry industry.

Gavin Berry, managing director, said: “We have four feed mills in the UK currently, and we had a proposal to build a new state-of-the-art poultry feed mill in Scunthorpe to supply Lincolnshire and the surrounding area. It is one of the biggest broiler growing regions in the UK, poultry consumption is increasing and as demand for British chicken is increasing, as is the demand for feed.

“As an industry we believe the UK feed milling industry has lacked improvement for many years, and we need to modernise our facilities.”

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The investment would represent a new generation of plant for the industry, with a planning application anticipated in the coming weeks.

The proposed site for 2Agriculture’s Scunthorpe animal feed mill, off Mannaberg Way, which runs across the top of the picture, between Normanby Road, up the left hand side, and Bessemer Way, to the right.

Mr Berry said: “We are bringing this forward for two reasons, to increase capacity - we are pretty much at capacity just now; and we need to modernise it to ensure food safety is maintained, as regulations are ever increased.

“We have got to ensure the feed we produce is of the highest quality, ensure we continue to make it safe and - as important as anything - the mill that we build will be a lot more environmentally friendly. It is going to be a high building, and that allows us to use gravity as a source of energy, so we minimise mechanical transportation.

“We haven’t done it elsewhere, we only have older mills. It will make it more efficient and keeps the cost as low as possible. Energy costs continue to rise an the modern mill will be as energy efficient as possible, and help offset some of the cost.

“I don’t believe there has been a brand new feed mill for many years.”

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Between 80 and 90 jobs, both skilled and semi-skilled, will be created, should it get the go-ahead. “We are hoping to put in for planning in late February or early March. There is a lot of work with reports, documents, statements and assessments, so it is a case of getting everything ready.

“It is all going well and we hope to get planning, then break ground to the end of this year, then it is an 18 month build, so we are looking at mid-2021 for it to be operational.”

The investment would include a 45m tall mill with a capacity to handle 12,000 tonnes a week, and would feature storage silos up to 28m high, and a 35m chimney stack. Access would be created between The Trade Yard and Motordepot, but the site would be most prominent along Bessemer Way.

Of the link with the huge chicken producer, which operates on Foxhills Industrial Estate, Mr Berry said: “We operate completely independently, but are related through common ownership. Ultimately the shareholders are the same people.”

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