Work has begun on a new £7m chicken processing facility in the West Midlands.

The 12-month project by one of the UK’s leading poultry processors, 2 Sisters Food Group, will complete the company’s three-year strategy to establish centres of production excellence and will create 400 new jobs.

The group had scoured the UK, US and Europe for the best new systems for the flagship factory’s development .

Marks and Spencer’s director of food, Justin King, helped dig the first footings for the facility which will supply the retailer with a range of fresh chicken portions.”