BQP is a trading division of Pilgrims UK part of the world’s second largest food company. We are recognised as the UK’s leading outdoor pig producer, which has supplied high welfare outdoor bred British pork to the major retailers in the UK for over 40 years. Due to continued growth we are looking for more pig producers to join us.

We work in partnership with many hundreds of UK farmers who share our vision to achieve the highest standards on animal welfare, efficiency, and quality. Our own farming operation is RSPCA assured, making us the largest producer of higher welfare pork globally.

Our fully integrated supply chain starts with our nucleus breeding herd and goes all the way to some of the UK’s most modern meat processing plants, serving high end retailers of the UK market.

Our rich heritage is one built on unrivalled expertise in pig farming and processing crafts. Today we operate in multiple categories from snacking to fresh pork products. We continue to grow a sustainable business through strategic investment to deliver the quality and added value we know our consumers want.

At Pilgrim’s UK, safety is not just a priority but a condition, and we are committed to people, safety, sustainability, animal welfare and quality as the foundations of our forward-looking business.

Today, our 5,500 team members operate across 14 sites in the UK, including three abattoir/deboning sites and eight active processing sites. Many of those sites are centres of operational excellence, setting the bar for sustainable food production in areas such as bacon and sliced cooked meats.


Our Vision

We are committed to living and breathing our values to drive our culture, identity, and the transformation towards our vision.

Our total commitment to people, safety, quality, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) will support us to achieve our vision.

Our four strategic pillars will help us turn our commitments into action: Becoming a more valued partner with our key customers; Relentlessly pursuing operational excellence; Having safe people, safe products and healthy attitudes; Developing a unique portfolio of diverse, complementary business models.

Our Values

Our foundation and our strength as an organisation come from our seven values: Determination; simplicity; availability; humility; sincerity; discipline; ownership.

These are the qualities that help us achieve our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry – creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members.

Latest Awards

More about our Awards

National Pig Awards

BQP had a record number of finalists in the National Pig Awards 2020, resulting in our farming partners clinching the top prize in four individual categories.

The honours recognise and reward excellence, foster innovation and inspire creativity and information sharing. It is the only awards exclusive to the British pig industry. The event has gone from strength to strength over the years and previous winners have set incredibly high standards for the rest of the industry to follow.

BQP breed and rear over 1 million pigs a year using industry-leading production systems, including outdoor born, straw-finished, RSPCA Freedom Food Assured, free range and organic. With around 30% of the UK market share, this makes us the UK’s largest pig farming business. BQP has supplied high welfare British pork to the major retailers in the UK for 40 years, since 1979.

National awards for BQP farmers

Our BQP farmers were once again successful at the prestigious National Pig Awards, scooping four out of 15 awards at the annual ceremony on 18 November 2020

The event was organised by Pig World, and attended by 430 people, a new record in its six-year history.

William de Feyter won Finisher of the Year for his impressive stockmanship and exceptional performance figures.

Paul Hume won the Herd Productivity award for his 950-sow breeding herd where performance figures put him above the industry’s top 10 per cent.

Unit Manager of the Year went to Ben Brown of Norfolk Free Range’s South Repps Farm, where he manages a 1,200-sow breeding unit.

Oliver Havers from the BQP finishing team was awarded Trainee of the Year. Oliver is hard working, willing to have a go at everything, and at only 18 has a big future ahead of him.