Cargill operates two processing facilities in Hereford, one dedicated to primary processing (Grandstand Road) and the other to further processed chicken products (Yazor Road).
Established over 50 years ago, Cargill’s combined Hereford sites employ around 2000 people across production and office based functions. Cargill currently processes 1.6 million chickens per week at the Grandstand Road plant. These chickens are received from Cargill’s network of 100 + independently owned farms, slaughtered (using a state of the art controlled atmosphere stunning process), cleaned, chilled and prepared either for further processing or packaged as fresh chicken products (whole chickens and jointed chicken pieces for the food service, retail and restaurant businesses).
Chicken and chicken portions are further processed at Yazor Road – Cargill’s largest secondary processing plant – into fresh chicken treated with sauce and dressings, rotisserie chicken and breaded and battered chicken for retail and restaurants.
Beyond products, Hereford is also the central base for commercial, marketing, development, finance, trading and procurement teams. These two sites are closely linked to enable Cargill to provide a range of quality products to meet its customer’s specifications and needs.
In 2013, Cargill announced a 24 -36 month phased investment plan for the Grandstand Road plant, investing £35 million to improve efficiencies, upgrade technologies and create a state of the art processing facility in Hereford. These investments will enable Cargill to expand its capacity to process and supply fresh UK reared chicken for the retail and food service customers.