Avara Foods, one of the UK’s largest poultry processing businesses, has invested over £1.5 million in improving and developing its site at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

Work is nearing completion on a comprehensive refurbishment, which includes extensive new processing equipment, more efficient refrigeration and new and improved facilities for staff.

The investment, which will grow the site’s permanent workforce by 40, will increase production capacity and capability and will expand the product range produced at the site.

The Abergavenny factory already produces a range of primarily turkey-based products for the UK supermarket sector; however, the new investment will expand the product range into more value-added and convenience food, expanding and diversifying into chicken and duck products.

Julia Phelps, site manager at Avara Foods, Abergavenny, said: “The past 12 months have been so exciting for us. This investment in our site is real proof of the value the company places on our work here - we excel at what we do and thanks to these site-wide improvements, we’ll do more and do it even better.

"We have an exceptionally motivated and hardworking team at Abergavenny and I’m looking forward to seeing the firm grow further.”

The creation of new jobs at Avara Foods’ Abergavenny site reflects the company’s deep commitment to people and employment in the area.

Although a national business with operations across the UK, every site plays an important part in the company’s supply chain and is highly valued.

Andrew Brodie, people and communications director at Avara Foods added: “The investments we’ve made in our production facilities at our Abergavenny site are an exciting step forward, and part of a wider programme of improvement across the whole business.

Investment in technology is something which will benefit everyone; by automating repetitive tasks we can increase efficiency and create more higher-skilled roles across our business, which are more meaningful and better rewarded.

"We’ve also invested in our staff facilities at Abergavenny in line with our purpose of being ‘a company you want to work with and for'."