The Irish Farmers Journal understands a deal is imminent where Irish meat processor Kepak will acquire the red meat division of UK processor 2 Sisters Food Group. While the financial details of the deal are unknown, this is a significant acquisition for Kepak that will almost double the group’s annual cattle kill to over 500,000 head and will more than double its sheep kill to 1.35m in the UK and Ireland.

The deal will include three processing sites located in England, Wales and Scotland, with a combined capacity to process around 235,000 head of cattle and 750,000 sheep per annum. This would give Kepak an 11% share of the British cattle kill and 5% of the British sheep kill.