NFU Scotland and the newly-created Scottish Chicken Growers Association (SCGA) have met with 2 Agri and 2 Sisters to discuss how to secure the future of the poultry industry in Scotland.
During the meeting, managing directors of 2 Sisters and 2 Agriculture, Steve Ellis and Rob Rafferty, outlined the challenges in turning round Scottish operations which are in a serious loss-making situation.
It was identified that a real positive would be developing a Scottish brand that could be sold to a range of retailers and would simplify a complex product range.
Work to secure retailer contracts continues with other markets also being investigated. However, a lower production profile looks likely in the short term. Ongoing work offers an opportunity to grow the business in the medium term.
2 Agriculture has agreed a further meeting next week with the new SCGA to look at a collaborative approach to drive cost out of the supply chain.
Further discussions are to take place between NFU Scotland and owner of 2 Sisters, Ranjit Singh.
NFU Scotland’s president, Nigel Miller, said: “There is great potential to source more chicken from Scotland and to allow this to happen we will be working with the Scottish Government to get the poultry strategy outlined before Christmas.”
A spokesman for 2 Sisters and 2 Agriculture commented: “We welcomed the opportunity to be at this meeting which we believe all parties found extremely productive. It was an open and frank discussion about the impact of our restructuring proposals, and it was excellent to hear all views around the table.
“We are hopeful we can help build a really strong, flourishing future for the Scottish poultry industry.”