Irish meat processor Dawn Meats has taken full control of its UK joint venture with Dunbia, following the retirement of Dunbia’s founder Jim Dobson.
The business will continue to trade under Dunbia’s name, with the same management team across its 12 processing plants for beef and lamb in the UK.
Dawn Meats chief executive Niall Browne said: “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.”
He continued: “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 farm suppliers”.
In 2017, a merger deal between the two companies saw Dawn take over Dunbia’s two plants in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in a total of 10 Dawn Meats facilities.
Dobson added: “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 have worked on the integration, and feel confident that they are all well-placed to build on all our past achievements together.”
The acquisition solidifies Dawn’s involvement in the UK supply chain, providing a Brexit buffer for the meat processing company in the future.
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