UK-based poultry producer Moy Park has announced an investment of more than £18m to be spent across a number of its sites in Lincolnshire.

The latest initiative forms part of the company’s wider strategic investment programme, which is focused on enhancing operations at its agriculture and processing facilities.

“These investments in state-of-the-art processes will enable us to take another large step forward as a business and will provide fantastic development opportunities for our people.”

Moy Park aims to use the investment to increase its production capacity to six million bids per week in order to meet growing customer demand.

Moy Park Supply Chain director Keith Irvine said: “We are committed to continued investment in our production facilities to ensure that we are able to lead the industry in innovation, food safety, quality and efficiency.

“Our customers, rightly, have high expectations, and we are focused on ensuring we meet and exceed those expectations at all times.

“These investments in state-of-the-art processes will enable us to take another large step forward as a business and will provide fantastic development opportunities for our people.”

Moy Park has installed robotic and automation technologies at its Anwick facility in Lincolnshire via an investment of £6m.

The company is also planning an investment of £12m at its Grantham facility, which will see the integration of new, hi-tech mixing and processing equipment.

Moy Park’s first fully contained ‘Free From’ factory will also be established at the Grantham plant as part of the upgrade initiative.

The latest announcement follows the opening of Moy Park’s new £20m hatchery in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, which is expected to have the capacity to hatch 2.5 million chicks per week.