Pilgrim’s UK is Britain’s biggest higher welfare pig farmer and producer of sustainably produced quality pork products.
A division of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, our business is part of the second largest food company in the world, whose team farm, process, prepare, package and deliver fresh, frozen and value-added food products for sale in more than 100 countries.
We are proud to partner with more than 1,000 UK farmers who share our belief in the highest standards on animal welfare, efficiency, and quality. Our own farming operation is 100% RSPCA Higher Welfare, making us the largest producer of higher welfare pork globally, delivering 25% of pig meat to UK consumers.
Our fully integrated supply chain using our own higher welfare pigs and which is supported by the UK’s highest independent R&D spend on pig farming, makes us unique in the marketplace and for our consumers.
Our rich heritage is one built on unrivalled expertise in pork farming and processing crafts. Today we operate in multiple categories from snacking to fresh pork products. We continue to grow a sustainable business through strategic investment to deliver the quality and added value we know our consumers want.
At Pilgrim’s UK, safety is not just a priority but a condition, and we are committed to people, safety, sustainability, animal welfare and quality as the foundations of our forward-looking business.
Today, our 5,500 team members operate across 14 sites in the UK, including three abattoir/deboning sites and eight active processing sites. Many of those sites are centres of operational excellence, setting the bar for sustainable food production in areas such as bacon and sliced cooked meats.
Our higher welfare food production operation consists of four manufacturing sites dedicated to serving Waitrose with high quality pork and lamb products.
Through innovation and other efficiencies, we continue to improve the overall sustainability across our operations, including developing a circular waste economy, and minimising waste and water usage.
In 2004, the formation of Tulip Ltd, marked the beginning of our UK food processing and farming operation.
By 2010, further consolidation led to us becoming one of the leading UK food companies and Britain’s biggest pig farmer.
Since then, we have invested more than £250 million in quality assets including high welfare pig abattoirs; the acquisition of Easey farming; the world’s largest Scotch egg production facility and a centre of excellence for curing and slicing bacon and gammon.
Our rich heritage has given us unrivalled expertise in crafts such as smoking, curing, butchery and farming, adding up to a compelling story for today’s consumers.
In 2019, Tulip Ltd was acquired by Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation from Danish Crown.
In 2020 Tulip Ltd completed its integration with its new ownership by adopting the name Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd.
Today’s business has been shaped by bringing together some of the best family-operated food companies in the country, including Hygrade, Flagship, Roach, Dalehead, Geo Adams, Parkham and BQP.
We are committed to living and breathing our values to drive our culture, identity, and the transformation towards our vision.
Our total commitment to people, safety, quality, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) will support us to achieve our vision.
Our four strategic pillars will help us turn our commitments into action: Becoming a more valued partner with our key customers; Relentlessly pursuing operational excellence; Having safe people, safe products and healthy attitudes; Developing a unique portfolio of diverse, complementary business models.
Our foundation and our strength as an organisation come from our seven values: Determination; simplicity; availability; humility; sincerity; discipline; ownership.
These are the qualities that help us achieve our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry – creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members.
BQP had a record number of finalists in the National Pig Awards 2020, resulting in our farming partners clinching the top prize in four individual categories.
The honours recognise and reward excellence, foster innovation and inspire creativity and information sharing. It is the only awards exclusive to the British pig industry. The event has gone from strength to strength over the years and previous winners have set incredibly high standards for the rest of the industry to follow.
BQP breed and rear over 1 million pigs a year using industry-leading production systems, including outdoor born, straw-finished, RSPCA Freedom Food Assured, free range and organic. With around 30% of the UK market share, this makes us the UK’s largest pig farming business. BQP has supplied high welfare British pork to the major retailers in the UK for 40 years, since 1979.
GroceryAid has recognised the continued hard work and support of Pilgrim’s UK over the last year by once again awarding the business its coveted Gold award. We previously achievement Gold status and thanks to the efforts and dedication of the team the charity awarded Pilgrim’s UK its highest honour possible for 2021.
The Gold award is given to organisations which have carried out more than eight activities across all three of their pillars in support of the charity and its aims. The pillars include awareness, fundraising and volunteering.
In the last year alone, Pilgrim’s UK supported events and promoted internal and external activities. In addition, the business is an active member of the GroceryAid committee – contributing with expert advice and strategic support.
The consistent quality and passion we put into producing great food for Co-op were recognised at the 2019 Quality Food and Drink (Q) Awards on 22 November 2019.
Sam Reader, Jayne Bennett, Co-op Product Developer, and Tom Smith, Tulip Commercial Executive
Ryan Slater, Co-op Buyer, Cameron Rigg, Co-op Product Developer, Tom Smith, Tulip Executive, and Sam Reader. Our Co-op Irresistible Smoked Back Bacon Rashers, produced at Redruth, were top of the leader board in the Bacon category.
Our slow-cooked Co-op Chinese Style Meaty Pork Ribs, launched in May 2019, were also winners in the Pork category.
Our BQP farmers were once again successful at the prestigious National Pig Awards, scooping four out of 15 awards at the annual ceremony on 18 November 2020
The event was organised by Pig World, and attended by 430 people, a new record in its six-year history.
William de Feyter won Finisher of the Year for his impressive stockmanship and exceptional performance figures.
Paul Hume won the Herd Productivity award for his 950-sow breeding herd where performance figures put him above the industry’s top 10 per cent.
Unit Manager of the Year went to Ben Brown of Norfolk Free Range’s South Repps Farm, where he manages a 1,200-sow breeding unit.
Oliver Havers from the BQP finishing team was awarded Trainee of the Year. Oliver is hard working, willing to have a go at everything, and at only 18 has a big future ahead of him.
The 2020 awards follow our 2019 success where Rebecca Hinton took home the Foodservice award. In 2020, Pilgrim’s UK was shortlisted for the Manufacturing/Processing and Rising Star award. The nominees from Pilgrim’s UK included:
Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing:
Rachel Baldwin, VP HR
Lorraine Fountain, Senior Commercial Manager
Meat Businesswoman Award – Rising Star
Joanne Kerr, Commercial Manager
Chloe Pates, Product Technologist
The awards are designed to recognise the vitally important contributions that women make to the meat sector. They are driven by reader nominations and votes with an expert judging panel selecting the winners.
We were very proud to have four amazing women shortlisted for the 2020 awards.
Rebecca graduated from the College of Food – University College Birmingham in 2007 with a Food & Consumer Management degree. After working for an artisan charcuterie business as a Sales & Marketing Manager, followed by a Production Manager role at a pie manufacturing business, Rebecca joined Tulip Bodmin in 2014. Initially joining as a Food Developer for cooked bacon, within 6 months Rebecca progressed to Customer NPD Manager for a multi-national, which was Tulip’s largest account at the site. Rebecca’s present role as a Commercial Executive, mean she works with one of Tulip’s largest customers. Rebecca’s drive and determination to succeed will no doubt lead to further progression within Tulip.
Pilgrim’s UK scooped up a host of accolades at the 2019 Meat Management Industry Awards. The Meat Management Industry Awards and Dinner is one of the most important annual business and networking event of its type for the UK meat industry. Some of the top names in the UK meat industry were presented with their winners’ trophies which included meat manufacturers, supermarkets, industry suppliers, trade organisations, trainers, catering butchers and independent retailers.
Waitrose Easy to Cook Lamb Leg Joint with Redcurrant & Rosemary Glaze won the Best Lamb Product category at the Meat Management Industry Awards on 27 June. With almost 1,000 products entered into the section this year, this is a fantastic accolade.
We were also listed as finalists in five other categories, including:
Manufacturer of the Year
Best Bacon Product: Co-op Irresistible Maple Cured Streaky Bacon
Best Pork/Pigmeat Product:Co-op Sticky Maple Pork Kebabs
Best Lamb Product: Waitrose Slow Cook Lamb Kleftiko
Training Scheme of the Year for the Tulip Apprentice Scheme.
Our Co-op Irresistible Whiskey Barrel Smoked Back Bacon was highly commended in the Best Bacon Product category.
Pilgrim’s UK was one of its main sponsors, supplying raw material for the main dinner course of pig cheek Wellington and pork loin, and presenting the winner of the Best Online Business Award.
Our apprentices throughout the business work really hard, both academically and in their day-to-day roles and the cream of the crop have been recognised for their achievements.
In line with National Apprenticeship Week, Rising Star awards 2019 were presented to the following apprentices by colleagues and managers:
Advanced Apprenticeship Award
Scott Devlin (Ashton, Butchery) – Winner
Stacey Catlow (Spalding, Business Admin) – Winner
Kendal Berry (Westerleigh, Technical) – Highly commended
Callum Dobson (Kings Lynn, Technical) – Winner
Treve Polgase (Redruth, Engineering) – Highly commended
Chris Bush (Ruskington, Engineering) – Highly commended
Higher Apprenticeship Award
Dominic Buchanan (Linton, Technical) – Winner
Callum Dobson (Kings Lynn, Technical) – Highly commended
Intermediate Apprenticeship Award
Adam Bates (Tipton, Butchery) – Winner
Abigail Wood (Stradbroke, Accounting) – Highly commended
Apprentice of the Year Award
Aiysha Lally (Warwick, Finance) – Winner
Ryan McGeagh (Bromborough, Engineering) – Highly commended
Ben Mawdsley (Bromborough, Engineering) – Highly commended
Emily Chater was crowned Apprentice of the Year for the prestigious Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2021.
The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards were founded to celebrate outstanding achievements within the UK’s fast-growing food and drink industry. Rewarding all elements of food and drink manufacturing, including environmental initiatives, business acumen, business change management, supply chain innovation, young talent and teamwork.
The business also congratulated Gabrielle Freeman who also made it to the final nominations stage.