Andrew Saunders, Pilgrim’s Pride
Andrew joined the Tulip Board in 2007 as Agriculture Director. He began his career in practical pig production after studying at Agriculture College. He then joined Associated British Foods and established BQP, adding an abattoir/processing division before the business joined Dalehead Foods in 2000 which then was purchased by Tulip in 2003. Andrew is responsible for BQP’s pig production business covering over 500 farms covering all aspects from grain supply to the abattoir, through to customers. He is also responsible for purchasing of all pigs from farms to meet Pilgrim’s requirements. Turnover of circa £350M/annum. Andrew is also responsible for overseeing the purchase of lambs for the supply via Dalehead Foods into Waitrose. Turnover of circa £40M/annum. He was a member of the AHDB Pork board for 15 years. He is also chair of British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Pigmeat Committee and a member of the BMPA Council. He was the chair of a Group of 15 suppliers/processors covering all areas of Primary Protein (including beef, pork, lamb, milk, organic milk, duck, broiler chicken, turkey, eggs and fish) reviewing the opportunities for supply chain cooperation and adding value from on farm standards to marketing opportunities. Andrew is a Director of QPL/QPP, a partnership operating an abattoir in Scotland as a collaborative business between Scottish pig farmers and Pilgrim’s.