From cheese to poultry
After the purchase of the former cheese dairy from “First Milk” near Wrexham in North Wales, Maelor Foods decided to transform the site into a brand new poultry processing plant. It will feature a 13,500 bph broiler primary line from live bird handling on to distribution for whole birds to serve Salisbury Poultry (Bilston factory) for cut up and deboning portions. There will also be further deboning at the Wrexham plant itself, which has more space and more capacity for Maelor Foods to grow their business.
Setting new standards
This is the first new, ultramodern plant to be built in the UK at this line speed, setting new standards for the industry. Marel will supply a complete kill and evisceration department, incorporating fully automated giblet and feet processing. Besides that, a Marel in-line air chilling tunnel and an elaborate grading line will be installed.
Fit for the future
The 13,500 bph capacity is an initial startup speed; the primary line will be prepared for future growth of Maelor Foods' operations.
Jeff Donald, Marel Poultry Area Sales manager, says, "For this project Maelor Foods has selected Marel as the most capable supplier who understands the company's needs and has the ability to deliver a factory process fit for the future. We look forward tremendously to completing this project during 2017."
About Salisbury Poultry
Salisbury Poultry is a reputable poultry processing company, founded in 1989 by Raj Mehta. The company began with 10 employees supplying local wholesalers and restaurants from their centrally located West Midlands base. Salisbury Poultry has shown year on year growth and now operates from modern purpose built production facilities and distribution centers, employing over 500 employees.
As a part of Salisbury Poultry, Maelor Foods recently achieved "AA" BRC/SAI global accreditation together with full Red Tractor Approval.