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Dawn Meats was awarded “Green Large Organisation of the Year” and the “Sustainable Supply Chain Achievement Award” at the prestigious Green Awards 2016 which took place at the Double Tree Hilton, Dublin.
The annual event at which the cream of Ireland's green industry is recognised, was hosted by Colm O’Regan with the key note address given by the acting Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly T.D.  Over the course of the evening, awards were presented to 25 progressive national organisations, leaders and teams.

Niall Browne, Dawn Meats CEO commented “we are delighted to have won these two prestigious awards. They recognise the combined efforts of hundreds of people from Dawn Meats over many years who work towards our company goal of being Europe’s most sustainable meat company.  Dawn Meats has set itself demanding 2020 targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and emission intensity by 50%. It is particularly rewarding to receive the sustainable supply chain achievement award after our many years of working collaboratively with our primary farmer suppliers and our customers.”

Dawn Meats has actively promoted initiatives over several years to engage with farmers, research organisations and other interested stakeholders in supporting sustainable agriculture. The company established a demonstration suckler beef farm in 2015 at Newford, Athenry.  The Newford farm aims to share best practise in grassland management, breeding, animal health and welfare which will support environmentally and commercially sustainable beef production.  Dawn Meats will host an open day on the 25th of May at Newford Farm and all interested parties are welcome. For more information, visit

Pictured above: Adrian Crean, Managing Director McDonalds Ireland, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD, Niall Browne Chief Executive, Dawn Meats at the annoucement yesterday.

McDonald’s Ireland and Dawn Meats today (23rd May 2012) announced that Dawn Meats has won a five year €300 million contract to process up to 18,000 tonnes of Irish beef annually for McDonald’s.

The deal has led Dawn Meats to invest €14.5 million in a new purpose built, state of the art, beef processing facility in Carroll’s Cross, Co Waterford, creating 65 new jobs. This investment is supported by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. In addition, over 100 construction jobs have been created during the construction phase of the facility, which commenced in December 2011. The new jobs mean that Dawn Meats now employs over 1,400 people in Ireland.

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney T.D. welcomed the deal as an ‘enormous boost’ to the Irish beef sector today.  The construction of the 40,000 square foot facility, which includes the very latest energy efficient technology and the longest freezer line of its kind in Europe, is nearing completion. The plant will officially open for production next month.  

The deal arose from a review of beef processing capacity across McDonald's Europe which identified the need for an additional processing plant in Europe to meet current and future growth requirements. Ireland was identified as a strategically important market with the potential for long term assured supply and Dawn Meats, who have partnered with McDonald's for the past 25 years, were given the opportunity to extend this relationship on the value added processing side. Previously, Irish beef had been transported to the UK and Europe for processing, before entering the McDonald’s supply chain in those markets. The move means that the products to be exported from Ireland are higher value add finished beef products, instead of unprocessed beef.

McDonald’s is the single largest purchaser of Irish beef by volume, purchasing approximately 40,000 tonnes of Irish beef annually and it expects to grow this further in the years ahead. The company exported €110 million worth of Irish beef in 2011, up from €80 million in 2008. 18,000 Quality Assured Irish farmers supply beef into the McDonald’s system. Currently, approximately 20% of all beef used in McDonald’s Europe is of Irish origin meaning one in every five hamburgers purchased in McDonald’s restaurants across Europe is made of Irish beef. 

Speaking at the announcement today, Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD said: ‘This deal is an enormous boost for the Irish beef sector and is a further advance in achieving the targets of the Food Harvest 2020 report.  Companies like Dawn Meats are leading the way for Irish agriculture and helping the beef sector become a flagship for Ireland in terms of quality, sustainability and efficiency. Beef exports from Ireland increased by 15% in 2011, bringing the value of exports to €1.8 billion. This deal with McDonald’s shows the enormous international growth opportunity for the sector and speaks volumes for the ability of companies like Dawn Meats to compete and win on the international stage. It is for this reason that a continued focus on producing high quality beef while maintaining competitiveness is critically important for the sector.’

Niall Browne, Chief Executive of Dawn Meats said that the expansion was the latest stage in a period of development for the company: ‘We are delighted to have been successful in winning this business with McDonald’s, a hugely important customer with whom we have enjoyed an excellent relationship over the past 25 years. I would like to thank all the team at Dawn Meats for their commitment as well as our farmer suppliers who produce sustainable, quality assured, welfare friendly beef.'

Adrian Crean, Managing Director of McDonald’s Ireland said that the decision by McDonald’s to award the contact to Dawn Meats was driven by the success of the longstanding business relationship between the two companies and by the quality and reliability of the Irish beef sector.

‘McDonald’s is hugely supportive of the Irish beef sector and we believe that Irish beef, which is produced from cattle reared on a natural diet, grazing extensively in open fields during Ireland’s long grass season, is one of the best there is. Today’s announcement sees the vertical integration of McDonald’s beef supply chain, with supply, slaughter and processing now all taking place in Ireland, leading to increased value add and enabling companies like Dawn Meats to create and sustain Irish jobs.  We look forward to working with Dawn Meats and our other Irish suppliers in growing the amount of Irish produce we purchase and export to our international supply chain, in the years ahead.’

Recruitment for the new positions at Carroll’s Cross is underway. Testing and production trials at the new, state of the art facility have commenced and the facility will be officially opened next month.

For further information, please contact:

Martha Kavanagh / Ronan O’Keeffe, Drury

Tel: 01 260 5000 / 087 646 2006 / 086 887 9123

Dawn Meats is delighted to announce the acquisition of West Devon Meats, a beef and lamb abattoir in the South West of England.  David Fleetwood - Operations Director of Dawn Meats UK said “We are very excited to be able to offer West Country Beef and Lamb, which has a great reputation to our new and existing customers and look forward to working with our new staff to grow the business in Devon”.

Arthur Cleave - Procurement Manager of West Devon Meats said “We’ve had a fantastic relationship with Dawn Meats in continental Europe over many years and it’s great news for our Farmer Suppliers of both cattle and sheep that Dawn Meats is investing in the South West of England to enhance their UK procurement network”.

For Further Information Contact

UK: Mr Isla Roebuck, Development Director Primary Processing, Dawn Meats UK, Tel: 0044 1294 461921

Ireland: Mr Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager, Dawn Meats Group, Tel: 00353 51 309 200

Dawn Meats is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Duerden Lindal Moor Beef Abattoir from the Duerden family.  Paddy Walsh M.D. of Primary Processing  Dawn Meats UK said, “We have had a good working relationship with this business and are pleased to add this facility which was completely rebuilt to the highest standard in 2009 to our three other abattoirs in the UK.”

Niall Browne Dawn Meats Group CEO confirmed that this purchase marks the beginning of the company’s new expansion phase. “Dawn will continue to grow, thanks to the support of its staff, and its farmer suppliers, in partnership with its key customers across the UK and Europe,” he added.


26th September, 2011.

For Further Information Contact:

Mr Isla Roebuck
Development Director Primary Processing
Dawn Meats UK
Tel: 0044 1294 461921

Mr Paul Nolan
Group Development Manager
Dawn Meats Ireland
Tel: 00353 51 309 200

The allegations made by Unite and WCTU are entirely false and without foundation. The company is fully compliant with all relevant legislation and has a documented and robust grievance procedure in place for its employees as part of their employment contracts. Health and Safety (H&S) is of utmost importance to the company, which has established H&S committees with employee representation and there have been no breaches of Health and Safety law. In these difficult economic times, the company has succeeded in creating 200 jobs at this site in the last two years. The company which has operated at Grannagh for the last 26 years looks forward to continue working with its employees in building the business into the future. 


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