ANM Group sells cooked meat business
Published:  07 March, 2012

Scottish meat producer ANM Group has sold its cooked meat business, Charcuterie Continental, to Scottish food group A P Jess for an undisclosed sum.

The sale secures all 25 jobs at the cooked meat plant at Twechar near Glasgow.

Charcuterie Continental specialises in continental cooked meats and sausages, as well as rare beef, pastrami, hams and haggis, for the sandwich, pizza, wholesale and foodservice sectors. It was bought by ANM in July 2004.

The move will allow the ANM Group to concentrate on its core businesses, Scottish Premier Meat, which supplies quality meat to retail butchers, wholesalers and caterers, and Yorkshire Premier, which specialises in meat for the added-value ready meals market.

ANM Groupís new chief executive Pat Machray said that the sale forms part on an ongoing review of the groupís meat division to make the business as efficient as possible. Last month, the company announced the closure of Yorkshire Premierís Sheffield site, which it said was due to unsustainable level of losses. Operations were transferred to its South Kirby site. †

The meat division faced a tough year as a result of high beef prices, and it struggled to recover the increased price of beef from its customers. Although the group returned to profit in 2010, after making a loss of £311,000 in 2009, the majority of the £1.027m profit came through its livestock business, Aberdeen and Northern Marts, which benefited from higher livestock prices. Sheffield-based Yorkshire Premier Meat made a profit of £568,000.

Machray joined the company in February. It was the second management change in the companyís meat division in three months, after former Vion director Jim Jaffray took over as managing director from David Fleetwood in December.

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