East Yorkshire farmers invest in new capacity for award winning poultry business


Two East Yorkshire farmers supplying Middleton on the Wolds based chicken specialist Soanes Poultry have invested significantly in new capacity to keep pace with Soanes’ expansion plans.

In 2018, Soanes invested in a £1.6million poultry factory extension project that will increase capacity by 20% and create 15 new jobs.

As a result, two of Soanes contracted growers in Hull and Driffield have invested in new buildings that will increase their own capacity by 25% and 40% respectively to ensure supply as Soanes enters the next phase of its business growth.

Soanes Poultry’s general manager, Nigel Upson said: “The farms upgrade project goes hand in hand with our plans to improve infrastructure, increase whole bird processing and expand our portioning capacity in response to customer needs.”

The factory expansion project is part funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development with a £583,000 grant secured by Westley Consulting.

Soanes Poultry is a family owned business that has been rearing and preparing chicken for over 70 years. It employs over 100 people and rears five million chickens a year on its Yorkshire farms and sells its chicken to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.