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Hilton on a growth rack
This is the total amount of meat processed by Hilton Food Group (HFG) over the course of 2016.
It was a 9% increase on 2015 and marked the the highest growth level since 2009, as carnivores in the UK, Ireland and Australia tucked into more meaty dishes.
Panmure Gordon analyst Peter Smedley says the meat packing business is in top form as it has the financial firepower to simultaneously fund investment in the business and maintain its healthy dividend. It has a 2.7% prospective yield.