A huge leap in demand has enabled a small British operator to move from the kitchen table to the processing plant.

Yorkshire Game, which started life in 1989, has just moved into a purpose-built processing plant in Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire.

The move was grant-aided under DEFRA’s processing and marketing grant scheme and will help the company cope with the growing demand for British game. The new facility will cut and pack meat to order.

MD Sandra Baxter said: “There is a real demand for high quality, traceable game. Game is the ultimate free range meat and because it’s typically leaner has a lower fat content.”

All the company’s meat comes from shooting estates, syndicates and shoots across the north of England and Scotland.

Baxter added: “This expansion opens up a huge market for us. It will enable us to meet the traceability requirements of the larger catering butchers, and to move into added-value pre-prepared meat.”