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Grampian Country Foods

Grampian Country Foods, the Livingston-based food processing company with 17,500 staff, has been acquired by Vion of the Netherlands.

Grampian Country Foods is planning to close its headquarters in Leeds next month, in order to relocate an unspecified number of the 80 staff back to Edinburgh.

Grampian Country Foods is to invest £16m in the expansion of its meat processing plant at Broxburn near Edinburgh with the creation of 200 jobs, but 330 jobs will be lost with the closure of its factory in Buckie.

Grampian has acquired St Merryn, the meat products supplier with 2,000 staff and plants in Cornwall and South Wales.

Grampian Country Foods is seeking permission from Vale Royal Borough Council to rebuild the former Harris Bacon factory in Winsford, which could create up to 400 jobs.

Grampian Country Foods has received a £55m equity investment from Bank of Scotland, and some of the funding may be used for the overseas expansion of its poultry processing operations.

Grampian Country Foods is to close its poultry processing plant at Newbridge in Edinburgh with the loss of 550 jobs, in order to relocate the work to its Coupar Angus site.

Grampian Country Foods has acquired Golden Foods International, the Thailand-based chicken products manufacturer, from Wessanen for undisclosed terms, in order to gain a foothold in Asia.

Grampian Country Foods is to buy Malton Foods, the pigmeat processor, from Uniq for about £20m.

Grampian Country Foods is in discussions with Aberdeenshire Council about plans to double the size of its chicken products plant in Banff, which could involve hundreds of new jobs.

Grampian Country Foods is seeking permission to convert its chicken processing site on the edge of Edinburgh into a business park, which would involve the relocation of its factory to a greenfield site, possibly in West Lothian.