Waterford’s Dawn Meats is to take full control of the Dunbia business that was jointly established in 2017 following the merger of their combined operations. This comes in the wake of the retirement of Dunbia’s co-founder, Jim Dobson.
The UK business in will continue to trade under the Dunbia brand and the same management team will remain in charge of its 12 beef and lamb processing facilities in Northern Ireland, England. Scotland and Wales.
“Combining our operations in the UK has been a strategic success based on a strong cultural fit between two family owned businesses that shared a deep connection to farming and an ethos centered on quality and sustainability,” said Dawn Meats Chief Executive Niall Browne.
“Jim is a legend within our industry and we are proud to maintain the traditions and name he created as we continue to serve our UK customers and farmer suppliers
Jim Dobson (holder of an OBE) co-founded Dunbia with his brother Jack back in 1976, with both developing Dunbia into one of Northern Ireland’s largest private companies, exporting to 36 countries.
According to Mr Dobson: “The creation of the joint venture with Dawn Meats ensured the business would continue to grow as a leading quality meat supplier in the UK market. I want to thank all the team that has worked on the integration and feel confident that they are well-placed to build on all our past achievements together.”
Dawn Meats’ combined businesses in the UK and Ireland now process approximately one million cattle and three million sheep annually, employing over 7,000 staff, and working with over 30,000 farmer suppliers.
The 2017 Dawn Meats/Dunbia deal saw Dawn acquire Dunbia’s Republic of Ireland operations, meaning there are now 10 Dawn Meats facilities across the State.