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Dawn Meats were honoured to receive the title ‘Waterford Business of the Year’ at the Waterford Business Awards which took place on Friday 6th March in Dooley’s Hotel. The event which was organised by the Waterford Chamber of Commerce and their media partners WLR FM saw Waterford’s top businesses celebrated for their success and extraordinary contribution to the local economy of Waterford city and county.

The awards are designed to celebrate and honour the very best businesses within the county across ten categories: Arts and Culture, Best Small Business, Community and Social Enterprise, Food and Agri-Business, Innovation and Technology, Manufacturing and Industry, New Business, Retail, Services, Tourism and Hospitality and Business of the Year.

Having been shortlisted alongside Irish Handmade Glass and Metalman Brewing Company, Dawn Meats were successful in winning the ‘Manufacturing and Industry’ category which was sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology. Dawn Meats then went head to head with each of the category winners to win the overall award ‘Waterford Business of the Year’ as sponsored by Waterford city and county council. 

Speaking about the awards, the Major of Waterford City and County, Cllr James Tobin said: “When I look at the nominees I realise we are celebrating Waterford’s best. These are people and businesses who would all hold their own in any company both nationally and internationally. Waterford’s future is indeed bright with these businesses leading the way and giving inspiration to others”.

Receiving the ‘Waterford Business of the Year’ title, Niall Browne from Dawn Meats said: “We are delighted, honoured and very proud to accept this award on behalf of all the team in Dawn Meats”. 

Photograph Source: Gerry O' Carroll www.gerryocarroll.com

Dawn Meats has been announced as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient in the 2014/15 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. Selected as one of 10 finalists in the ‘Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability’, Dawn Meats will now go on to compete in the third and final round of judging resulting in 11 overall category winners to be announced later this year.

The 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients were chosen from 709 National Champions by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the European Business Awards was set up to recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation across the European business community. Now in its 8th year, The European Business Awards, has engaged with over 24,000 businesses from 33 European countries this year.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and expand in the way this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to them all.”

Commenting, Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats Environmental Sustainability Manager said: “We are extremely proud to be a recipient of the Ruban d’Honneur award and to be one of only five companies to represent Ireland at the European Business Awards. We recognise our social and environmental obligation and are committed to ensure that sustainable practices are enshrined in everything that we do. This honour is testament to the on-going work of our sustainability teams across our business who have embraced the sustainability challenge”.

To be recognised by Europe’s leading Business Awards programme as one of the top 110 businesses in Europe is a fantastic achievement and Dawn Meats look forward to the third and final round of judging which will announce the overall category winners later this year. Running alongside the competition’s internal judging process is a public vote which will decide the ‘Public Champions’ of the competition. The National winners of the public vote will be announced on 3rd March, 2015.

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Dawn Meats were delighted to attend the ‘Food Management Today’ Industry Awards ceremony and luncheon which took place at Plaisterers Hall, London on 29th January 2015. The awards ceremony which revealed winners, finalists and highly commended was hosted and presented by rugby international, Phil Vickery.

Food Management Today is the sister magazine of Meat Management. It’s industry awards honour the best in the UK food manufacturing and processing sector. Category winners are determined by a combination of reader voting and a judging panel of industry experts.

Dawn Meats proudly accepted the award for ‘Best Red Meat Product’ for their product as supplied to Asda, ‘Asda Extra Special British Gammon Shanks with Kentish Dry Cider & Apple Sauce’.

This year saw over 400 products entered into the competition from the major multiples, food manufacturers, the foodservice and the independent sectors. Other categories included in this year’s awards were poultry, seafood, dairy, bakery and frozen, each product was cooked, tasted and judged by industry experts to determine the overall category winner.

Kristian Gabrielsen, Asda Account Manager, Dawn Meats, said “We are delighted to receive the ‘Best Red Meat Product’ Award. This distinction pays tribute to our dedicated NPD team who tirelessly endeavour to consistently exceed the expectation of our customers. It is testament to our passion and commitment as a team to create innovative award-winning quality products”.

Photograph Source: Food Management Today, http://www.foodmanagement.today/ 

Dawn Meats was honoured with a Special Award for Sustainable Energy at the 4th annual France Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC) business awards held in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin on 27th of November.

France Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC) is a private, non-profit membership organisation, which gathers French companies, non-French companies wishing to develop their relations with France, and business people representative of French economic interests in Ireland. FICC aims to support the increase of trade between France and Ireland, and to attract potential investors to both countries.

Commenting on the awards, Niall Browne, Chief Executive of Dawn Meats said,
“This award serves to underline Dawn Meat’s sustainability credentials, which are fast becoming a necessity for any business in today’s global marketplace.”

Charlie Coakley, Environmental Sustainability Manager of Dawn Meats said,
 “I am delighted that Dawn Meats strong commitment to sustainability and environmental issues has been recognised with this award. We remain committed to achieving a range of challenging environmental targets through constant innovation, including reducing water and energy use by 40% and reducing CO2 emissions by 50% before 2020.”

Pictured are (L-R) Paddy Browne, European Sales Director, Dawn Meats; Matthias Fekl, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Niall Browne, Chief Executive, Dawn Meats; Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.; and Charlie Coakley, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Dawn Meats.

Image: Robbie Reynolds Photography.

Dawn Meats has won the ultimate accolade having been named 'Food Manufacturing Company of the Year 2014' in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony on November 20th. The award was received after first collecting the ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year 2014’ award earlier in the evening.

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy and chairman of Thorntons – praised Dawn Meats product innovation, category management and initiatives to raise employee skills as well as its commitment to environmental management. The judging panel praised Dawn Meats and their achievements, “Dawn Meats stood out as a clear winner in the Environmental category but also showed excellent progress in other areas, they have gone further than many others through initiatives such as wind turbine technology, the construction of a seven acre wetland and the building of a roof garden to improve biodiversity”.

Collecting the awards on behalf of Dawn Meats, Mr Isla Roebuck, Operations Director Dawn Meats (UK) “Winning the Environmental Initiative Award has recognised the investment we have made as a business in facing the future to ensure the continued success within the red meat industry. The whole Dawn Meats team is committed to fostering a culture of sustainability and the progress achieved so far is testament to each facilities passion and enthusiasm to making it happen. To then be awarded the top accolade of 'Food Manufacturing Company of the Year 2014' is a great honour and shows the strength and depth we have across our business.”

Pictured receiving the award (left to right) of Dawn Meats: Mark Allan, Sarah Haire, Isla Roebuck and Alejo Desprats. 

Quality Food Awards 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:03

The Quality Food Awards 2014 took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane, London on the 13th November 2014.
Winner of the Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry Category 2014 was awarded to Marks & Spencer Slow Cooked Venison & Pheasant with a Game Gravy as supplied by Dawn Meats. Our product fought off strong competition from 4 other retail products, including:

- Tesco New Zealand Lamb Shoulder Joint with Honey Roasted Parsnip Stuffing
- Tesco British Chicken Thighs with Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing
- Lidl Moordale Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken
- Spar BBQ Rack of Ribs

The Quality Food Awards are the most prestigious awards for food and drink products on sale in UK grocery outlets. With a robust judging process comprising of a panel of experts from many different industry disciplines, every aspect of a product is taken into consideration – rewarding great flavours, high quality ingredients, excellent value for money and outstanding packaging.

This prestigious award is testament to our dedicated team, who work throughout the year with enthusiasm and pride to provide award winning quality products to our customers.

Dawn Meats Supply Lord Mayor's Show 2014

Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:46

Dawn Meats will proudly supply PGI West Country Choice Prime English Beef to feature on the menu for over 120 distinguished guests attending the luncheon at the Lord Mayor of London’s Show on 8th November 2014.

One of the best known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, the Lord Mayor’s Show has marched through 799 years of London history and is now bigger than ever before. The modern procession is over three and a half miles long, featuring more than 7,000 people and is cheered on by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.

A number of Dawn Meats employees will be participating in the parade as part of the contingent from the Worshipful Company of Butchers, one of the seven oldest of the City of London Livery Companies.

Download our West Country Choice Prime English Beef brochure here:

http://www.dawnmeats.com/index.php/product-brochures/finish/2-product-brochures/370-west-country-choice

Dawn Meats Wins at Blas na hÉireann 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014 10:44

Dawn Meats are proud to have received Silver and Bronze awards at the 7th annual Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, held as part of the Dingle Food Festival, Co. Kerry, recently.

- Silver for our Teriyaki stir fry strips
- Bronze for our Premium Butcher lamb leg

Additional to the product awards we also won “Best in County” for Waterford and were placed in the Top 10 of the “Chefs Choice” award for The Premium Butcher lamb leg.

Blas na hEireann is the biggest blind tasting competition of its kind in the world, each product is blind tasted by a panel of judges made up of top chefs, foodies and food scientists from UCC. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate great Irish products, but also the local suppliers and the passionate individuals behind them.

This year over 2,000 Irish products were entered into 80 different categories, with winners from all over the country taking Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each category.  The judging system, developed by Blas na hÉireann in conjunction with the Department of Food Science in University College Cork, is now recognised as the international industry standard.

Speaking about the awards, Niall Browne, Chief Executive of Dawn Meats said: “Irish produced food and drink is enjoying its well-deserved moment of recognition, and the calibre of entry at this year’s Blas Awards is testament to that. As a committed member of Origin Green, Dawn demonstrates the highest levels of care and dedication in producing premium cuts in a sustainable way. We are delighted to share in the celebration of Irish excellence in food and drink.”

Pictured (left): Birgitta Curtin of Blas na hEireann, presenting Cathal Fleming of Dawn Meats with the Silver Award for the Teriyaki stir fry strips. Pictured (right): Pat Power of Dawn Meats accepting the "Best in County" Award.

Dawn Meats Host Swedish Chefs

Monday, 22 September 2014 12:36

Dawn Meats recently hosted a visit of five celebrity and Michelin-starred Swedish Chefs for a tour of its facilities in Grannagh, Waterford.

The visit was a Bord Bia initiative that unites Michelin star and well known chefs who promote or use Irish beef in high-end restaurants in Europe and further afield.

The visit, with a primary focus on emphasising the extremely high standards that exist in Irish beef production included; a comprehensive tour of the production plant and facilities in Grannagh, an Origin Green presentation, a steak selection and cooking session and a visit to a local beef farm.

Visiting Dawn Meats gave the Swedish chefs the opportunity to look at every stage of the meat production process, seeing what is involved in the preparation of the beef before it reaches their restaurants. Assured of the highest quality and seeing first-hand that the meat lives up to the standards they aspire to in their restaurants, the chefs acknowledged that the trip reaffirmed their commitment to purchasing quality Irish beef.

Richard Booth of Dawn Meats, said: “Welcoming these culinary experts to our plant facilities here in Grannagh is not only a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the high standards at which we operate and prove the quality of our Irish beef, but to strengthen our relationships with these professionals who are looking to maintain the highest culinary standards possible”.

Congratulations to Denise Slevin, Group Procurement, Dawn Meats who was awarded an Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply having completed the full suite of CIPS programmes over three years.

This is the first time a student has completed all three levels and reached the highest level of the CIPS suite of Procurement and Supply qualifications in Ireland.

Denise Slevin, Group Procurement, Dawn Meats, said “I stayed focused and determined right the way through, and really enjoyed every aspect of the course. Each level overlapped with previous modules and gave me ever increasing knowledge and understanding of the procurement and supply function. I still have the CIPS books within easy reach of my office desk, as they consistently provide me with a solid reference point”. 

A fantastic achievement, congratulations once again to Denise on persevering with such determination, commitment and consistency throughout the three year course and in achieving such a prestigious accolade.