Cranswick acquires pig farming and rearing operations

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Listed food producer, Cranswick plc, has acquired the Yorkshire-based pig farming and rearing operations from the Buckle family.

The company has also acquired the family’s 50% share in the White Rose Farms Limited pig production joint venture set up by both parties in 2018.

The enlarged pig enterprise – which will be known as White Rose Farms – specialises in the production of Red Tractor assured pigs in Yorkshire and will continue to be led by Rick Buckle.

The deal sees Cranswick further increases its self-sufficiency in UK pigs processed to over 30%. It follows the company’s December 2019 acquisition of Packington Pork.

Adam Couch, CEO of Cranswick, said: “I am pleased to announce today’s transaction, which further reinforces our strategic commitment to supporting and growing the British pig farming industry.

“We have worked with the Buckle family for over 25 years and we are delighted to welcome Rick, as Managing Director of White Rose Farms, and the wider team to Cranswick.”