ABP has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to approve the acquisition of the Bridge of Allan abattoir and Queenslie meat packing plant from Scotbeef. The two facilities will now be part of the company’s UK meat division, which also includes a processing facility in Perth, Scotland.

ABP has had a presence in Scotland since 1982, where it already employs 320 colleagues and works with 1,600 Scottish farmers. The company has a further 15 meat processing sites across the UK.

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Frank Stephenson, CEO of ABP Food Group, commented, “I would like to welcome our new colleagues and farmer suppliers to ABP and look forward to further developing opportunities for quality Scottish beef and lamb products in the retail and food service sectors across the UK and further afield.”

ABP employs 13,200 people across its four divisions: Red Meat, Pet Foods, Renewables, and Proteins, with processing facilities in nine countries and a turnover of €5 billion.