Morrisons buys free range eggs firm Chippindale

Bradford-based supermarket group Morrisons said it has acquired Flaxby, North Yorkshire-based Chippindale Foods, a supplier of free range eggs.

“The acquisition means that Morrisons will make even more of its own fresh food and become more competitive for customers on these important everyday products,” said Morrisons.

“It will also bring forward the date at which all Morrisons eggs will come from non-caged hens from the current commitment of 2025.”

Morrisons said it is already the largest supermarket customer for British farmers and makes most of its own fresh food in 17 manufacturing sites and 491 stores, including bakery, seafood, meat, fruit & veg, flowers and chilled processed products.

“The addition of the Chippindale Foods business will enable Morrisons to work closely with egg farmers to support a sustainable supply chain, the welfare of hens and the quality of their eggs,” added Morrisons.

Nick Chippindale, managing diirector, will stay with the business and the 54 staff employed at the site at Flaxby, North Yorkshire, will become Morrisons employees in a growing manufacturing business.

Andrew Thornber, Morrisons manufacturing director, said: “The addition of Chippindale Foods to our fresh food manufacturing business will give us the opportunity to build on our deep relationships with British farmers and become even more competitive for our supermarket and wholesale customers.”