Northern Co-op buys Ramsey group

The Northern Co-Operative Meat Company (NCMC) is believed to have bought the Ramsey Group, former operators of the South Grafton abattoir that was forced to close late last year.

The Ramsey Group has a range of meat wholesale and processing businesses and closed the Grafton abattoir in controversial circumstances after being fined for discharging animal tallow into local waterways and failing to carry out an environmental audit. The closure left many of the 200 workforce facing an uncertain future, although many were offered work at NCMC when the Ramsey Group moved their operations to the Casino abattoir.

A former shareholder of the Co-op contacted The Echo to express his concern at the move, saying he believes the NCMC constitution prohibits the Co-op getting into the wholesale business.

He also said that Stuart Ramsey from the Ramsey Group was set to take over as CEO of the NCMC when current CEO Garry Burridge retires.

Nobody from the NCMC or the Ramsey Group wished to comment.

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