Ranjit Singh Boparan, co-founder and owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, has returned to lead the core poultry division of the business, less then two years after he stepped down as group chief executive following a food hygiene scandal.
Boparan, who now serves as the president of the business, will take a hands-on approach at the division in a caretaker capacity as Andrew McInnes, UK poultry managing director, has decided to leave the company, Sky News reported.
The shake up is reportedly effected as Boparan grew dissatisfied at the performance of the division, one of the biggest suppliers of chicken to retail and food service channels.
2 Sisters is undertaking a turnaround plan which saw it offloading many of its businesses to concentrate on the poultry. The company has sold it read meat business, Manton Wood sandwich business, frozen pizza brand Goodfella’s Pizza, and most recently Matthew Walker Christmas puddings business, since 2018.
Boparan stepped down as the chief executive in February 2018 after an undercover investigation by the Guardian and ITV in September 2017 raised questions on the hygiene standards at its factories.
The report has also prompted an investigation by the Food Standards Agency, and an inquiry by the parliamentary committee for environment, food and rural affairs.
Boparan’s taking over the poultry division will see him working under group chief executive Ronald Kers, who reports to Boparan, the co-owner of the business.