Lloyd Maunder are hiring

UK poultry processing company Lloyd Maunder plans to create 100 jobs this summer, just months after the company announced redundancies, local media report.

Lloyd Maunder recently cut 32 jobs, mainly in administrative and engineering areas, in a bid to avoid duplication following the company’s acquisition by the 2 Sisters food group in January.

The new production and supervisory positions are necessary if Lloyd Maunder’s plans to increase production from 530,000 chicken per week to more than 710,000 by the end of the year are to be fulfilled. The chickens are processed at Lloyd Maunder's Willand plant, which employs 600 staff.

Lloyd Maunder’s sales of Freedom Food-labeled chicken were boosted by a campaign for higher welfare standards led by two UK celebrity chefs earlier this year. Production of chicken under Freedom Food is expected to account for 39% of the company's total output by August this year, up 330% on January 2008, Lloyd Maunder said in a statement.