The 2nd annual Great Agri-Food Debate will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday 22nd of February in the Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in University College Dublin (UCD).  Food and agriculture students from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will join students from UCD to debate the motion: “Brexit will be good for the Irish Agri-Food Industry”.  

This is the second year that UCD will play host to the Great Agri-Food Debate, a joint initiative of Dawn Meats & McDonald’s Ireland and it follows a successful inaugural event last year. 

While the Irish food and drinks industry waits to see what will unfold as Britain exits the European Union, companies are developing plans to reconfigure their businesses and minimize the downside risks.  The ideas shared by the students will add new perspectives to an already dynamic discussion.   

Justin McCarthy, Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal, will Chair the debate and the judging panel will comprise Niall Browne, CEO, Dawn Meats; Adrian Crean, Managing Director, McDonald’s Ireland and Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia.  Dawn Meats and McDonald’s Ireland are co-sponsoring the event.

Commenting Niall Browne, CEO said; “We held this debate for the first time last year, and I think we were all struck by the vigour of the debate and the knowledge of the participants. We have long known that our 3rd level institutions are a rich source of talent and innovative thinking and with Britain’s exit from the EU on the horizon, it’s a key issue on which students should have an informed opinion.”

Commenting Adrian Crean, MD McDonald’s Ireland said; “It’s great to be heading back to UCD again this year to encourage debate of one of the really key issues of the day. McDonald’s in Ireland is going from strength to strength as a business and like many other companies Brexit is a challenge on the horizon. It’s important that we listen to the views of the next generation of business leaders and all stakeholders as we consider the possible impact on the business environment.”  

Following on from the success of last year’s debate, there is expected to be great interest.  All are welcome to attend.

Dawn Meats are delighted to have once again been selected as “National Public Champion” and will represent Ireland in the 2016/2017 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

The European Business Awards are widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and as part of the adjudication process we now look forward to sharing our experience and business success in greater detail with the judging panel.

To be successful for this coveted award, public votes are critical.  Voting is now open but will close on the 1st of March.

Vote to support Dawn Meats by clicking here: http://www.businessawardseurope.com/vote/detail-new/the-award-for-environmental-corporate-sustainability-1/20776

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Health Week 2016

10 October, 2016

Dawn Meats were delighted to host its second Health and Wellbeing Week in October. 

The emphasis for this year was placed on increasing awareness for the ‘Common Cancers’ including: Bowel, Breast, Prostate & Testicular and Skin.

Each day covered a different topic and was designed to be informative, educating employees about the causes, symptoms, testing and treatments available. The importance of hydration and exercise were also highlighted.

Throughout the week a variety of engaging activities and competitions were held including: Wear Pink/Blue to Work, lunchtime walks, park runs, smoothie bike challenge, pedometer challenge, penalty shootout challenge, coffee morning, health clinics, cookery demonstrations and free fruit and water.

Across the week Dawn Meats also acknowledged the support of a wide range of external companies who shared their knowledge and encouraged employees to participate with engaging presentations and competitions. These included, Marie Keating Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, St John’s Ambulance, Smoothie Bike Hire and Fitbit.

 

The 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships was held for a record ninth time at Santa Anita Park, LA from the 4th to the 6th of November. On the eve of the first day's racing, a sixth annual international culinary event, A Taste of the World, was held at the historic film studios of Warner Brothers.

Ireland's involvement in the Taste of the World at the Breeders' Cup is co-ordinated by Good Food Ireland and was supported by Bord Bia and Dawn Meats. 

Award winning Irish chefs’ Ed Cooney, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin and Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy, Kinsale prepared 1,500 individual servings of grass-fed, quality assured fillet of Irish beef. Ireland’s involvement in the event has been coordinated by Good Food Ireland and supported by Bord Bia and Dawn Meats

This is the 6th year that Good Food Ireland has been invited to represent Ireland at the much celebrated culinary event which takes place during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships — the richest two days in sports. This is the first time that Irish beef will be served, following the opening of the US market access in January 2015.

Speaking at the launch today, Margaret Jeffares, Founder, Good Food Ireland said “I am delighted that Bord Bia and Dawn Meats have partnered with Good Food Ireland and facilitated this high profile showcase for Irish beef. Many film and TV celebrities, horse breeders, owners and other VIPs from around the world will attend this exceptional tasting event featuring cuisine from 15 participating countries.”

Meanwhile Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats added “this event provides terrific opportunity to introduce our premium grass fed Irish beef to such a discerning US and international audience. The “Taste of the World” attracts global media coverage and we are hopeful that this exposure will help us build brand awareness and recognition in this new export market.”

Dawn Meats has become the latest organisation to pledge its support to Courtauld 2025. Dawn Meats will work in partnership with a range of retailers, food service, trade and local authority signatories under the newly formed Meat Working Group to reach the 2025 targets, pooling expertise and innovation.

Courtauld 2025 is an initiative led by the waste prevention body, WRAP that seeks to address sustainability challenges facing the food and drink sector. It has the potential to generate savings of £20bn for the UK food supply chain.

The food and drink industry faces a range of challenges such as access to water; losses in the supply chain; and waste - as evidenced by the 10% of meat purchases (240,000 tonnes) that are thrown away annually in UK homes. These challenges provide a real opportunity for businesses and other stakeholders to take leadership that will benefit all.

Courtauld 2025's UK ambition is threefold:

Achieve a 20% reduction in food and drink waste

Achieve a 20% reduction in GHG emissions

A reduction in impact association with water use in the supply chain

Commenting Marcus Sherreard, UK Commercial Director, Dawn Meats said, "Today is an important milestone in our sustainability plan, which again sees Dawn Meats collaborating with other stakeholders who share similar aspirations and objectives on continuous improvement across the entire supply chain. At Dawn Meats we truly believe that issues around supply chain sustainability can only be addressed collaboratively, and we are delighted that WRAP has provided the food and drinks industry with this opportunity to tackle issues related to resource efficiency. We are committed to working together with our partners on the Meat Working Group to identify and develop best practice in our industry in the coming years."

Commenting, Peter Maddox, Director at WRAP said, "It is great to see support for Courtauld 2025 growing at such a pace, and it is imperative that it does so, given the significant economic contribution of the food and drink industry. We are delighted to welcome Dawn Meats on board. Dawn has demonstrated a keen understanding of the importance of sustainability to the bottom line, as well as an impressive capacity for innovation in this area. They will be important partners as we work towards a more sustainable resource efficient economy."

Great Taste Awards

11 September, 2014

West Country Choice Tomahawk Rib Steak

Dawn Meats Green Apple Awards

The Green Apple Awards are designed to find the greenest companies, councils and communities operating in Europe. 

We competed against more than 500 other nominations to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award - the National Green Champion (Ireland) - at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons. This is the highest honour awarded and there is only one awarded per country, our key environmental deliverables in 2012/13 included: reducing water intake by 56m litres across four sites; reduced thermal energy consumption of between 50 and 80% across multiple sites; construction of a 7 acre wetland and eco park and 80-100% post consumer recycled content of packaging.

Dawn Meats Bord Bia Sustainability Award Winner 2013

Pictured (l-r) Niall Browne - Chief Executive Dawn Meats, Charlie Coakley - Group Environmental Sustainability Manager with Dawn Meats

 

Friday 15th November – Last night in Dublin, Waterford-based Dawn Meats was awarded the Sustainability Award at the prestigious Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards 2013. The awards, which are held every two years, are designed to reward excellence within the Irish food and drink industry. This year, there were in excess of 140 entries across seven categories which were judged by an independent judging panel. 

As part of its drive to increase sustainability in its processing within the Origin Green programme, Dawn Meats is working to reduce water use by 40%, reduce energy consumption by 40% and to reduce its direct carbon footprint by 50%.

Commenting on the award, Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats said, “We are delighted that our commitment to sustainable processing has been recognised by Bord Bia this evening. We view sustainability as an imperative ingredient to our future success as a company, and we are delighted to play a role in supporting the Origin Green journey.”

This is Dawn Meats’ second prestigious win in the last week, following its success at the Green Apple Environment Award in the United Kingdom where it has operations in England, Scotland and Wales. The Green Apple Awards are designed to find the greenest companies, councils and communities operating in Europe.   

Dawn Meats competed against more than 500 other nominations to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award - the National Green Champion (Ireland) - at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons. This is the highest honour awarded and there is only one awarded per country.  Key environmental deliverables by Dawn Meats in 2012/13 included: reducing water intake by 56m litres across four sites; reduced thermal energy consumption of between 50 and 80% across multiple sites; construction of a 7 acre wetland and eco park and 80-100% post consumer recycled content of packaging.

Headquartered in Grannagh, Co Waterford, Dawn Meats employs over 2,700 staff and supplies a wide range of meat products to customers in over 40 countries worldwide.  

 

For the second year running, Dawn Meats Group have won the best beef productup Best Beef Product as well as the Best Red Meat Product for the Marks & Spencer Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry at the Meat Management Industry Awards

Creativity and innovation is embedded within the Dawn Meats Group, which has its own dedicated NPD and Marketing team who are constantly looking for new ways to satisfy consumers’ needs and wants.

The team worked closely with M&S to create the teriyaki steak strips to offer consumers real convenience with an authentic flavour and tenderness.

Dermott Slade (Head Development Chef, Dawn Meats) had this to say “Winning this prestigious award for the second year running is testament to our dedicated team, who work throughout the year with enthusiasm and pride to provide award winning quality products to our consumers”

 

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