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UCD were crowned winners of the 3rd Annual Great Agri-Food debate, organised by Dawn Meats and McDonald’s Ireland, as students from five third level colleges gathered in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). The event has become a key date in the college calendar for agriculture students with a growing number of teams competing this year and ambitious plans to expand further in 2019.

Throughout the day teams from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) debated key topics for the Irish agriculture industry including; Brexit, consumer behaviour and sustainability and CAP.

The event culminated in a heated and well-informed debate between UCD and CIT on the motion “Ireland takes its environmental responsibilities and commitments seriously.” 

UCD, supporting the motion argued that Ireland’s reputation all around the world as a green, environmentally conscious producer is evidence that the country has embraced the environmental challenge. They argued that targets alone are not a measure of whether Ireland takes its environmental responsibility seriously. The team also flagged the many ways in which Ireland has been an innovator, from Croke Park’s designation as the first carbon neutral stadium in the world, to the introduction of the BER scheme and the way that Ireland is leading the world in passive design. 

CIT argued that Ireland has failed to “walk the walk” on its environmental responsibilities time and time again, and that the country continues to choose the economy over the environment. They put it to the audience that going green costs money, money that Ireland doesn’t have. They also referred to the recent coverage of plastic waste in the form of disposable coffee cups, and questioned why these cannot be banned sooner than 2030.  

Commenting at the event, Niall Browne, CEO Dawn Meats said; “Firstly, well done to all the students that took part today, and welcome to Waterford, the home of Dawn Meats. It is great to be in Waterford Institute of Technology for the third year of the Great Agri-food debate. Through the debates today, we have touched on many of the most pertinent issues facing farmers and food producers in Ireland. The sustainability challenge is one that is particularly close to our hearts in Dawn Meats.  We have ambitious 2025 targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity by 50% and we aspire to become Europe’s most sustainable meat company in the process. The students have provided great food for thought today on fulfilling that commitment.” 

Commenting Peter Garbutt, McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said; “It’s wonderful to see such a high standard of informed and impassioned debate, with students from five colleges that are centres of excellence in agricultural studies. McDonald’s is delighted to facilitate this showcase for the future leaders of our industry to make their voices heard on some of the biggest issues of the day. It’s vitally important that young people are encouraged to engage on these topics many of which will impact the future of farming and agriculture in Ireland and beyond.” 

The quarter final saw UCC take on CIT on the impact of Brexit on the agri-food industry. In the first semi-final CIT debated WIT on consumer behaviour as key to food sustainability, while reigning champions UCD took on Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) on the issue of CAP in the second semi-final. 

The winners of the Best Speaker prizes in the quarter-final, two semi-finals and final were respectively Avril O’Driscoll, CIT; Aoife Forde, WIT; Owen Cashman, UCD; and Una Sinnott UCD.

The final debate was moderated by Justin McCarthy, Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal and the judging panel included Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats; Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia and Peter Garbutt of McDonald’s UK & Ireland.  Throughout the day representatives from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, BWG Foods, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Agri-Aware and Meat Industry Ireland, participated as judges and moderators, in a very interesting and robust series of qualifying debates.

Dawn Meats, trading as Dunbia in the UK, is celebrating success after being named Food Manufacturer of the Year at the prestigious Food Management Today Industry Awards 2018

Voted Food Manufacturer of the Year by readers of Food Management Today magazine in this year’s industry awards, Dunbia was presented with its award by John Torode, at a celebratory lunch in London attended by 300 industry professionals.

The Food Management Today Industry Awards are an annual celebration of business excellence and are testament to the creativity and innovation of the British food industry 

Marcus Sherreard, Retail Sales Director said: “We are honoured to have been nominated by our peers and are delighted to win the Food Manufacturer of the Year award. I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and commitment which has been duly recognised by this achievement.”

We are currently seeking to recruit a Boning Hall Supervisor to join our team at Charleville. 

Main responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring and management of yields and KPI's
  • Ensuring specification, output and delivery of products are as per customer requirements
  • Effective management of labour resources to ensure smooth running of production areas
  • Dealing with external auditors and visitors in a way that will enhance company image
  • Ensuring health and safety guidelines are being met with at all times

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or alternatively apply in writing to: HR, Dawn Meats, Ardnageehy, Charleville, Co.Cork

Closing Date 23rd February 2018

 

Dawn Meats was awarded the Sustainability Award, recognising innovation and impact at Bord Bia’s biennial Food and Drink Industry Awards. The presentation was made at Dublin's RDS Concert Hall at a ceremony of over 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan.

We have ambitious 2025 targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity by 50%. We have also set ourselves the goal of being Europe’s most sustainable meat company.

Sustainability across the wider business has been prioritised since we published our first sustainability plan in 2009.  As one of the first verified members of Origin Green, we have had our sustainability credentials endorsed by many external agencies, and since 2012 annual progress under Origin Green has been independently assessed to the highest international standards.

In 2017 Dawn Meats became the first food manufacturer to achieve BITC Ireland’s Business Working Responsibly Mark for our flagship Carroll’s Cross Plant in Waterford.  2017 also saw the publication of our first Corporate Social Responsibility Report which laid out the five pillars of our sustainability strategy, which included ambitions in the areas of sustainable sourcing and animal welfare.  

Commenting on the award Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne said: “We’re delighted to see our commitment to sustainability recognised with this award. At Dawn Meats we have set ourselves challenging goals to further improve our sustainability performance. None of this would be possible without the commitment of our staff. We have a really strong CSR committee at management level, but the buy-in throughout the organisation has been a credit to every member of the team.”

David O’Flynn, Group Head of CSR added: “Bord Bia through Origin Green and it’s 270 verified members, has raised the bar for sustainability across the Irish food and drinks industry and shared progress globally through its world leading Origin Green program.  We are honoured to be recognised in this forum for our sustainability work and our commitment to collective action.  Our progress has only been made possible because of the commitment and teamwork across agriculture, sourcing, resource management, workplace, community engagement and innovation.” 

In their citation the judges for the Bord Bia award said: "Dawn Meats illustrated excellence, innovation and impact in corporate sustainability. There was a clear link with all stakeholders including farmers and customers - their progress in operations and their commitment to the future.”

Dawn Meats has been recognised with the ‘Excellence in Health & Safety’ award at the 3rd annual Agribusiness Awards in Dublin. We were chosen as a result of our work in raising awareness of food safety, through our annual Food Safety Week.

The Agribusiness Awards celebrate and recognise organisations and individuals who have contributed to Ireland's position as a global leader in the agricultural sector. The awards cover all areas of the agricultural industry including dairy, beef, poultry, beverages, seafood and food processing. 

Commenting on the award, Brian Hyland, Group Food Safety and Quality Director at Dawn Meats said: "We are very pleased to accept this award on behalf of all the team at Dawn Meats who contribute every day to achieving our standards of excellence. Celebrating success in this way recognises Dawn Meats’ ongoing commitment to sustainability.  Food Safety is fundamental to everything we do and is a corner stone of our Group sustainability goals".

During Food Safety Week across our plants, we aimed to raise awareness among team members, customers and suppliers at work and in their home environments on issues such as temperature control, hand-washing, allergens and cross contamination. Over 3,000 information leaflets and 3,000 fridge thermometers were distributed with over 450 people taking part in the UV Hand Wash Challenge. 

Pictured left to right: Oonagh McNerney, CEO & co–founder of VISUM, Emma Dwane (Retail Quality Supervisor), Joe Calvey (Quality Supervisor) and John Coleman (Group Technical Manager Ireland).

BITC

17 October, 2017

The strategic partnership and acquisition agreement announced in May 2017 by Dawn Meats and Dunbia has been completed, with all relevant regulatory clearances approved.

Dawn has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia to establish a joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. 

The combined UK businesses now trade as Dunbia and are managed by former Dunbia CEO Jim Dobson as CEO, and Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne as Executive Chairman. Today the new brand and logo for the joint venture was unveiled to staff and customers at the business’s headquarters in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland, Dawn has acquired Dunbia’s operations, and now has 9 facilities (including 5 abattoirs), following the addition of two complementary Dunbia facilities - one abattoir in Slane, and one boning hall in Kilbeggan. 

The combined businesses in the UK and Ireland will process approximately 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep annually.  

Commenting, Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats said: “We are very pleased to have successfully concluded this process and can now look to deliver the benefits that we believe this transaction will bring for our customers, staff and suppliers. Our focus will continue to be on quality and sustainability across 3 leading national businesses: Dawn Meats in Ireland, Dunbia in the UK and Elivia in France.”

The combined businesses in the UK are highly complementary, and will offer customers regionally sourced solutions for both beef and lamb from 15 facilities across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Jim Dobson, CEO of Dunbia said:  “I am excited today to be introducing a fresh look for the new Dunbia business in the UK. The partnership will ensure that we can grow as a leading supplier in the UK market and deliver long-term solutions for our customers and a strong relationship with our farmer suppliers.”

 

Commitment to compliance

The Group is committed to conduct its global tax affairs consistent with the following objectives:

• Comply with all relevant laws, rules, regulations and disclosure requirements wherever we operate 

• Ensure the tax policy is at all times consistent with the Group’s overall strategy, its approach to risk and the Group’s values

• Apply professional diligence and care in the management of all risks associated with tax matters and ensure governance and assurance procedures are appropriate

• Foster constructive, professional and transparent relationships with tax authorities

Effective risk management

The Board is responsible for the Group’s tax policy and tax risks. Day to day responsibility is delegated to the Finance Director who works with the Financial Controllers of the Group finance department and the shared services centre to manage the tax risk through the Group finance function and through operational accounting functions of the business.

The Board reviews and approves the Group’s tax policy annually. The Group finance function identifies and manages tax risks using its knowledge of the Group’s operations and tax legislation. This is done by:

• regular communication with finance staff within the business to keep informed of any significant business changes

• monitoring proposed changes in tax legislation to identify its potential impact for the Group; and

• involvement in all acquisitions including review of financial and tax due diligence reports into the target’s business. 

Eliminating tax risks entirely is impossible, therefore the Group’s attitude towards the level of control required over the processes designed to reduce these tax risks is driven by the likelihood of occurrence and scale of impact of each risk. 

The identified tax risks are then assessed on a case by case basis, allowing the Group to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions on how each individual risk should be managed so that potential tax exposures may fall within the Group’s acceptable tolerance levels for risk. Where there is uncertainty in how the relevant tax law should be applied, external advice may be sought to support the Group’s decision making process.

When reviewing the tax risks associated with a specific decision or action, always bearing in mind the Group Tax Policy, the following is to be considered:

• The legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees.

• The requirements of any related internal policies or procedures.

• The maintenance of the Group’s corporate reputation, having particular regard to the way we interact with the communities around us in accordance with the Group’s CSR policy.

Responsible attitude to arranging our tax affairs

The commercial needs of the Group are paramount and all transactions must therefore have a business purpose or commercial rationale. The Group considers different tax outcomes when structuring material transactions to ensure they are carried out in an efficient manner and compliant with all relevant laws.

In cases where the tax guidance is unclear or the Group does not feel it has the necessary expert knowledge to assess the tax consequences adequately, external advice may be sought to support the Group’s decision making process.

Due consideration will be given to the Group’s reputation, brand, corporate and social responsibilities when considering tax initiatives, as well as the legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees of the Group and will form part of the overall decision making and risk assessment process.

Constructive approach towards dealings with tax authorities

The Group values having good relations with tax authorities. We are therefore committed to the principles of openness and transparency in our approach to dealing with tax authorities and engage with them in a spirit of co-operative compliance. 

The Group strives to make fair, accurate and timely disclosure in correspondence and returns, and respond to queries and information requests in a timely fashion. The aim would be to seek to resolve any issues in a timely manner and where disagreements arise work with tax authorities to resolve issues by agreement where possible.

In accordance with UK rules, the Group nominates a Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) for each of the UK subsidiaries. The SAO ensures that processes of tax compliance are carried out correctly and encourages regular communication with the Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) assigned by HMRC to develop a constructive and mutually beneficial relationship. 

Board ownership and oversight

This document, approved by the Board of QDB Holdings UC, sets out the Group’s approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risks for the year ending 31 December 2017.  

Signed on behalf of QDB Holdings UC (The Group)

Daniel Browne

Director

 

Launched in 2012, Origin Green is the national sustainability programme for the Irish food and drink industry. It is the only sustainability programme in the world which operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food and drink producers, through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Since the inception of Origin Green, over 137,000 carbon assessments have been completed on Irish beef and dairy farms, where Dawn Meats sources livestock for processing. These audits have provided over 25 million data points on the performance of Irish farms in relation to sustainable practices. 

Dawn Meats has been actively involved and supportive of the Origin Green program since its inception.  One of only 8 companies that sponsor the Origin Green Ambassador programme, Dawn Meats has continuously advocated membership of Origin Green and offered support & advice to other member companies. As one of the first verified members of Origin Green we have progressively submitted more ambitious annual Origin Green targets since our earliest plan in 2012.  Our sustainability plan makes many commitments including: energy, water, emissions, waste, raw material sourcing, biodiversity, people and community.  Under energy, water and emissions we have made significant progress and on average over the last 4 years we have made the following equivalent savings across the group:

Dawn Meats is committed to sustainability and fully supports the collaborative nature of the Origin Green programme. Through industry working together, from farm to fork, we are able to provide our customers and their customers in turn, with sustainable, healthy & high quality meat products.  This collaborative work is exemplified at our Newford Farm. Dawn Meats and Teagasc, supported by McDonald's, have established a standalone suckler herd at Newford, Athenry, Co Galway to demonstrate best practice in sustainable suckler beef production.  The herd is run on a fully commercial basis and demonstrates the potential of a moderately large suckler beef farm to generate a viable family farm income when operated to the highest level of technical efficiency and best practice. The farm acts as a shop window for the technologies that drive profitability in a suckler herd and operates in a completely transparent manner, with all measurements and data available to visiting groups, other interested parties and the farming public. For more information on the farm and to follow the weekly updates: http://www.newfordsucklerbeef.ie/

In addition to our supply chain work, we continue to invest internally in our people, plant, processes and technology. Through our membership of Origin Green and many complementary CSR initiatives Dawn Meats is fully committed to the goal of being ‘Europe’s most sustainable meat company’.  For more detail about our sustainability commitments please download our 2016 CSR report here: http://www.dawnmeats.com/index.php/downloads/finish/1-sustainability/50-dawn-meats-sustainability-plan  

http://www.origingreen.ie 

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