News update:Nov 11, 2009

Hendrix Genetics to acquire Joice and Hill Poultry

Shareholders have reached an agreement in principle on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Joice and Hill by Hendrix Genetics.

Currently, Hendrix Genetics via its affiliate Institut de Sélection Animale B.V. already holds 40% of Joice and Hill.

Completion of the envisaged transaction is expected by January 2010 and is subject to various customary consents. Joice and Hill becomes a managerial part of the Poultry Distribution Division (SFPA and Integra) under the leadership of Laurent Taalbi.

Joice and Hill Poultry Ltd. was founded in 1965 by Dick Joice and Dick Hill and has a long history in layer chick distribution. The company has 56 employees and operates a 10 mln chick hatchery at Eye, Peterborough.

Hatching eggs are exclusively produced on company farms in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Natalie Berkhout

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