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Princess Anne opens new free range egg packing center in St. Ewe

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HRH The Princess Royal visited multi-award-winning free-range egg producer, St. Ewe Free Range Eggs, to officially open a new grading and packing centre. The purpose-built Packing Centre has allowed the company to expand its processing facilities and upgrade its production infrastructure, as well as providing significant future growth potential. Thanks to DEFRA grant funding, the purpose-built packing centre spans 50,000 sq. ft, and along with specialist machinery, has enabled the business to continue to thrive and step change its growth from 1m eggs per week to 2-3m eggs per week at present, with far more scope for exciting future development.

Bex Tonks, CEO of St Ewe Free Range Eggs, expressed her delight at HRH The Princess Royal officially opening the Packing Centre, highlighting how the British family business supports other family farms around the UK and the importance of British farmers in nurturing the nation’s food system. She said, “Supporting British has never been so important, and we feel incredibly proud to be part of this magnificent industry. I speak on behalf of the whole St. Ewe family when I say that it marked a huge moment for us, as we reflect, with huge pride, on our combined achievements over the past 41 years.”

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The Tonks Family diversified into poultry in 1982 and founded St Ewe Free Range Eggs in 2007 when they began packing their own free-range eggs for the supermarkets under their own brand. As they have grown and required an increase in flock numbers, they have made sure that they remain true to their family values. St. Ewe only works with family farms around the UK that share in their values, pledging a commitment to hen welfare and nutrition; the bedrock of St. Ewe’s success, and their main differentiator in the market.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new grading and packing centre and was presented with a Cornish hamper by the seven-year-old daughter of CEO, Lucia Tonks. The expansion of the processing capacity of the business has also generated more employment opportunities within the local community.

Overall, the visit marked a significant milestone for St. Ewe Free Range Eggs and highlighted their dedication to supporting British family farms and their contribution to the nation’s food system. With the support of DEFRA grant funding, the company has been able to significantly increase their egg production and pave the way for future growth.