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Faccenda Group

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Faccenda Group is a privately owned UK business established in 1962 by Robin Faccenda, which supplies fresh chicken products. It is the second-largest chicken processing company in the UK, capable of processing 2 million chickens per week.

The group is owned by Hillesden Investments Ltd., growing the business through acquisitions of Hinton Poultry, Perry Poultry and Webbs Country Foods, with an annual turnover of around £300m with 2,500 employees in 2005, growing to a turnover of £365 million with a profit of £5 million in 2013.

The purchase of the loss making Webbs Country Foods in December 2000, required the closure of the most under invested site at the Lymington, Hampshire factory with a loss of 500 jobs. However, 850 jobs were saved across the remaining 3 production facilities

As part of a major business consolidation exercise, Faccenda closed the factory in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire in 2008, with the loss of 450 jobs, moving all production to the Brackley site

In 2007-2008 the Faccenda Group had suffered a loss of £5 million

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