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Cornish Jobs Secured as Meat Company Bought

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2:02pm 5th March 2013

More than five hundred Cornish jobs are safe after the company that owns St Merryn Foods was sold.

VION has got two plants in Bodmin and Victoria.

European food company 2 Sisters say it means the business now has a "viable future."

Chief Executive Ranjit Singh said: “We are delighted to be acquiring VION UK’s poultry and red meat businesses. They have faced significant uncertainty and tough trading in recent months, but today’s acquisition secures a viable future.

"At 2 Sisters, we put the customer at the heart of everything we do and in line with our customers’ strategies, these businesses will help us to shorten the supply chain for consumers and meet growing demand for British sourced food. Our immediate focus will be to improve performance, as we have successfully done with our previous acquisitions. We look forward to welcoming VION colleagues to 2 Sisters Food Group, and to working together to grow our business.”

Chris Wilkes from Bodmin Chamber of Commerce told Pirate FM: "We try and promote as a town, Buy Local Spend Local. So anything that is going to ensure that the Bodmin Pound continues to be circulated has to be good news for everybody: Local retailers and other suppliers alike.

"If you look back at the history of the town over the last few years, some of the big employers have had, very sadly, to either close or shed large numbers of jobs. It's been a worry for everybody, not least the people who've got their mortgages to pay at the end of every month. So I'm sure everybody is breathing a big sigh of relief."

2:02pm 5th March 2013

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