The University of Limerick Alumni awarded three outstanding graduates at the 13th Annual Alumni Awards Gala Dinner in November. The 2018 event, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, took place at Limerick’s Castletroy Park Hotel, with UL alumna Juliette Gash, Multimedia Reporter with RTE as Event MC. The annual event celebrates the achievements of the University’s former students who have gone on to be particularly successful in their field.
Dawn Meats CEO, Niall Browne, was honoured for his contribution to the business world. After being appointed CEO at the young age of 34, Niall focused his efforts on growing the business on a global scale. Dawn Meats now operates in over 50 countries with 10 sales offices across Europe and Asia and over 7,000 members of staff worldwide.
Niall has achieved success for the company by making strategic decisions in embarking on joint ventures with other industry leading companies including Dunbia and Elivia. On top of the growth that Dawn Meats has experienced since Niall became CEO, the company has also taken excellent strides in sustainability with a vision to become Europe’s most sustainable meat company. Sustainability has been made a key priority by Niall and the company has been commended for championing environmental, sustainability and efficiency initiatives. As a result of this, the company has won awards from high profile customers such as McDonald’s and industry bodies such as Bord Bia.
Part of ensuring the company is sustainable also means supporting farmer partners and Niall Browne has been a driving force in Dawn Meats’ pioneering initiatives. Dawn Meats group is now supplied by 30,000 Irish and British farmers and so initiatives such as the Better Farm Programme in partnership with Teagasc and the Irish Farmers Journal, where we help farmers to road map for profitable beef production through improving technical efficiency to reduce production costs and improve animal performance, are vital to ensure consistent long-term supply.