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Aviagen Announces Formation of Aviagen Turkeys

by 5m Editor
22 April 2008, at 2:45am

HUNTSVILLE, US - The Aviagen Group has decided to fully merge its two turkey breeding companies, Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms (Nicholas) and British United Turkeys (B.U.T.), which have been operating as separate companies since the acquisition of B.U.T. in September 2005.

From 16 April both companies will operate as one company, Aviagen Turkeys.

Aviagen says that this will eliminate duplication of effort and allow more resource to be focused on supporting its customers.

"As Aviagen Turkeys, we have full pedigree breeding programs in both the USA and Europe providing a more secure, global supply source plus the opportunity to maximize product improvement and new product development," said a company spokesman.

"Innovation is key for the continual development of the industry and we feel this move will allow us to increase both our investment in products and our customer service."

The two operations will be Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. based in Lewisburg, West Virginia and headed up by Jihad Douglas and Aviagen Turkeys Ltd. based near Chester, UK and headed up by Martin Shea. Jihad and Martin will both continue to report directly to Chris Hill, Chief Executive Officer for Aviagen Turkeys.

Aviagen Turkeys Ltd. will support the B.U.T. and Nicholas brands for all customers in Europe. Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. will support all customers outside of Europe, including North America, South America, Middle East, Africa, Australia and Asia.

5m Editor