2 minute read - 12th August 2022
Pilgrim’s launches Pilgrim’s UK Lamb
Pork producer Pilgrim’s UK has launched Pilgrim’s UK Lamb, the latest step in the firm’s ambition to reinvent the lamb category in the UK. The move follows Pilgrim’s acquisition of lamb processor Randall Parker Food’s (RPF) two manufacturing facilities in Llanidloes and Andover last year, which brought 350 staff into the Pilgrim’s family.
Pilgrim’s UK Lamb will process Welsh and British premium lamb products and its launch connects a country-wide lamb supply chain, bringing farmers and customers closer together and allowing for innovations to be easily shared across the business. All its lamb producers are Farm Assured.
Pilgrim’s UK Lamb officially launched at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, as thousands gathered to celebrate the very best of Welsh and British agriculture.
The event saw Pilgrim’s UK Lamb showcase its lamb products and the intricate butchery and innovative flavours that go into each one. The team also held meetings with key industry stakeholders including representatives from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), alongside sponsoring various sheep classes at the show and celebrating its 30 year-long relationship with Welsh farmers.
Lee Rampling, managing director – fresh at Pilgrim’s UK, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into integrating the RPF sites into the wider Pilgrim’s UK organisation and it is a testament to the RPF teams’ passion and commitment that has seen the project go so well.
“The move brings 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.”
Jim Gaffney, managing director of Pilgrim’s UK Lamb, said: “It was great to get our first official outing as Pilgrim’s UK Lamb under our belts to usher in a new era for us all. The Royal Welsh Show was the perfect opportunity to come together with our vital Welsh farmers to show them the exciting opportunities ahead.
“We will continue to produce the high-quality lamb we are known for, while leveraging the expertise and passion for food that exists across the Pilgrim’s UK business to help us reach new customers and markets.”