Less than two years after ABP Food Group and Linden Food Group entered into a 50:50 joint venture in the Wexford-based Slaney Foods, a similar arrangement has emerged for the UK arm of Linden Foods.

The deal, agreed in principle, would mean that ABP will acquire a 50% stake in Linden Foods, to include facilities in Dungannon (slaughter and retail packing), an abattoir at Burradon in England and high-end meat supplier, Kettyle Irish Foods, based in Fermanagh.