Little noticed here despite being one of the biggest pigmeat further processors in the EU, French ham, sausage and pâté supplier Madrange is quietly building up capacity. Latest moves are the purchases of two cooked meats companies in France, a combined investment of £20m. Madrange, a significant supplier to Safeway and M&S, began talking of its British market share growth hopes months ago (The Grocer, July 1, p17). A premium organic range of hams and pâtés will be launched here soon. More intriguing is the possibility of this £200m turnover company acquiring production capacity in the UK when the widely predicted shakeup of pigmeat begins in earnest. {{MEAT }}

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