Morrisons acquires Yorkshire free range eggs supplier Chippindale Foods
Morrisons has completed the acquisition of Chippindale Foods, a North Yorkshire-based supplier of free range eggs.
The Bradford-based supermarket chain said that this deal will make “Morrisons will make even more of its own fresh food and become more competitive for customers on these important everyday products.”
The acquisition also bringd forward the date at which all Morrisons eggs will come from non-caged hens from the current commitment of 2025.
The addition of the Chippindale Foods business will also enable Morrisons to work with egg farmers to support a sustainable supply chain, the welfare of hens and the quality of their eggs.
Nick Chippindale, managing director of Chippindale Foods, will stay with the business and the 54 staff employed at the site at Flaxby will become Morrisons colleagues.
Morrisons is already the largest supermarket customer for British farmers and makes most of its own fresh food in 17 manufacturing sites and 491 stores, including bakery, seafood, meat, fruit & veg, flowers and chilled processed products.
Andrew Thornber, Morrisons manufacturing director, said: “The addition of Chippindale Foods to our fresh food manufacturing business will give us the opportunity to build on our deep relationships with British farmers and become even more competitive for our supermarket and wholesale customers.”