Pilgrim’s UK backs British lamb with the purchase of Randall Parker Foods


Pilgrim’s UK, the leading food and farming business and the world’s largest producer of higher welfare pork, has further shown its commitment to British farming with the acquisition of Randall Parker Foods (RPF) on the 15th November 2021

Randall Parker Foods’ two manufacturing facilities – an abattoir in Powys up to 20,000 lambs a week and a retail packing plant in Andover – will form part of Pilgrim’s UK’s Dalehead Foods division.

All 350 RPF employees, including its management teams, will remain in place under existing terms and conditions, with the business planning to invest further in the two sites.

Dalehead Foods has supplied customers with lamb for more than 40 years and has worked with RPF for almost 30 years. This acquisition connects our lamb supply chain bringing our farmers and customers closer together.

The UK is world’s fifth largest producer and third largest exporter of lamb and mutton and the acquisition will help Pilgrim’s UK capitalise on the popularity of British lamb with export customers.

Pilgrim’s UK recently announced revenue growth in 2020 in its latest annual report and accounts, helping the business move into profit after several consecutive years of losses.

Pilgrim’s UK, said: “Randall Parker Foods has a strong reputation as a processor of quality lamb and having worked with Dalehead Foods for almost 30 of the 40 years we have been producing lamb products this acquisition is a natural fit for both organisations.

“It will bring our lamb operations closer together into a single integrated supply chain which will benefit team members and customers alike, securing jobs, investment and growth for a sustainable future”

“We look forward to working even more closely with the RPF teams whose energy, experience and enthusiasm, combined with the highest quality livestock, will offer customers and consumers a first-class supply chain for British lamb.”

Jim Gaffney, Managing Director of RPF, will continue to oversee operations at the two sites. He said: “I am delighted for the employees, customers and suppliers of RPF who have worked so hard to establish the company’s reputation as the preeminent specialist lamb processor in the UK. The future as part of Dalehead Foods looks both secure and exciting. I look forward to working with new colleagues and our customers to achieve our common goals.’”