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Dawn Meats was crowned winner of the CSR award at the annual JDW supplier conference held on 6th June in Daventry.

This award has recognised and rewarded Dawn Meats for pushing the boundaries and delivering efficiency within the operations of its business through its on-going commitment in sustainability, energy saving and the environment.

Duncan Marsh, Foodservice Account Director of Dawn Meats said “It was a great pleasure to receive this award on behalf of Dawn Meats. It is testament to the hard work and on-going commitment of the whole team who ensure that sustainable practices are continually placed at the heart of our business”.

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Towle, Purchasing Manager, JDW, Duncan Marsh, Foodservice Account Director, Dawn Meats, Alejo Desprats, Foodservice Manager, Dawn Meats, Paul Hine, Director of Purchasing & Logistics, JDW.


McDonald's BoSS Award Winner

Monday, 09 June 2014 13:25


Dawn Meats recently attended the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA where it was recognized at the ‘Best of Sustainable Supply’ (BoSS) awards as the Global Winner in the Economics category and a finalist in the Water use category.

Dawn Meats has been named  in McDonald’s “2014 Best of Sustainable Supply” global report, which highlights how suppliers achieve results by identifying opportunities and applying sustainable solutions in diverse places across the world. More than 600 entries were submitted, with Dawn Meats earning a prestigious place alongside 9 other global winning projects. McDonald’s leadership and external subject matter experts recognized Dawn Meats for sustainability leadership in the Economics and Water use categories. This was further enhanced by the confirmation of Dawn Meats as the Global winner in the Economics category. Dawn Meats supplies beef products to 3 major markets in the McDonald’s system in Europe and has been a system supplier for more than 25 years.

Niall Browne Dawn Meats CEO said “Sustainable practices are core to the Dawn Meats business culture. We believe that we have a social and environmental obligation, combined with a business interest, to proactively reduce our emissions, minimize our carbon footprint, conserve natural resources and ensure sustainable practices in our operations. Our focus in recent times has been to assist Agricultural projects where knowledge sharing and implementation of best practice in animal health and welfare & grassland management have been key to success. We have consistently promoted responsible use of our natural resources to ensure our production systems are both economically and environmentally sustainable. We are honoured and greatly appreciate the Global recognition by McDonald’s and we will continue to challenge one another in developing innovative ideas and solutions with our suppliers and customers.”

Jose Armario, Executive Vice President, McDonald’s Global Supply Chain, Development & Franchising said  “ Every year our suppliers focus even more attention on sustainability, applying innovation to make a real difference for the people, communities, animals and environment that touch our supply chain. Many of these innovations can bring about more widespread change in our suppliers’ own industries and in broader society. Dawn Meats have been to the forefront in promoting sustainable practices within the McDonald’s beef supply chain and these awards are clear recognition of their leadership and commitment in this area “.

Keith Kenny, Senior Director, McDonald's Supply Chain Europe, said: “At McDonald’s Europe, we recognise that all our suppliers play a vital role in helping us to continuously improve our supply chain sustainability and performance.  We are very proud that so many case studies from European suppliers were selected for the Best of Sustainable Supply finals.  These are suppliers whose commitment, innovation and passion for our business really sets them apart. We believe that by working closely together we can make a real difference and it’s fantastic to be able to recognize the achievements of suppliers that are demonstrating sustainability leadership across Europe.”

Pictured from left to right: Richard Clinton, Group Commercial Director, Dawn Meats, Jose Armario, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Supply Chain, Development, and Franchising for McDonald's Corporation, Niall Browne, CEO, Dawn Meats, Adrian Crean Managing Director – McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland, John Power, Beef Farmer Supplier.

The Grocer Food & Drink Awards Own Label 2014 took place on Friday 16th May 2014 at The Hilton Park Lane, London. With an excess of 1,000 contenders entering into the awards this year it was a clear reflection of the growing importance of own label to retailers. Over 346 products were shortlisted, competing across 74 categories, it was by far the toughest competition to date. Winners were selected through a rigorous 2 stage judging process that included a combination of consumer panels and expert industry judges.
Winner of the Traditional Chilled Ready Meals Category 2014 was awarded to Tesco Chipotle Chilli Pulled Pork as supplied by Dawn Meats. Packed with flavour and easy to prepare, this product is bang on trend with the recent explosion in popularity of American-style street food and in particular pulled/shredded meats.
The product was up against strong competition from 5 other products, including;

• The Co-operative Chipotle Pulled Pork and Potato Bake (Greencore Prepared Meals)
• Aldi Ready to Cook Chicken Breast with Hunters BBQ Sauce (2 Sisters Food Group)
• Marks & Spencer Boneless Beef Ribs with BBQ Sauce (Dawn Meats)
• Asda Chosen by You Hunters Chicken (Laila’s Fine Foods)
• Tesco Slow Cooked BBQ Beef Short Ribs (Kepak - Cork)

Congratulations to everyone involved in the development of this product, achieving such high standards in bringing this product to the retail market has been not only awarded and recognised by the consumers but by industry alike.

Dawn Meats lined out with former Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity for the launch of an appeal for volunteer cooks and corporate food donors to sign up to support families with sick children by volunteering their time and / or produce.

The RMHC operations depend greatly on the generosity of the public, particularly in giving their time and donating supplies for the house. Dawn Meats has been a long term supporter of charity and is committed to providing fresh red meat for the House.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin. It is in the early stages of a fundraising drive in anticipation of the construction of a 50 bedroom house on the grounds of the new National Children’s Hospital, which is due for completion in 2018. By developing a roster of volunteer cooks and regular food donors it is hoped that the House will become self-sustaining and a seamless support to families caring for sick children.

Click on the link below to view Dawn Meats involvement in the charity event, as featured on TV3's Ireland AM

Pictured at the launch were Head Chef, Ross Lewis, The Ronald McDonald House CEO, Marian Carroll; Group Commercial Director, Dawn Meats, Richard Clinton; Rugby star, Alan Quinlan; and Head Development Chef, Dawn Meats, Dermott Slade.

Raising Awareness and Funds for Debra

Monday, 31 March 2014 16:30


The second Spanish Irish Business Network St Patricks Day Charity Ball took place on Friday 14th March in Madrid. Aimed at raising awareness about Butterfly Children and raising much needed funds to continue supporting families living with EB (Epidermolysis bullosa), the event for which Dawn Meats was a contributor raised an incredible €30,000 for Debra Ireland and Debra Spain.

Established in 1988 by three families living with EB, Debra is a family and patient led organization that ensures patients get the very best in support and medical care. DEBRA Ireland receives no guaranteed State funding and so fundraising and donations is vital to allow Debra to continue to support patients in dealing with the many challenges of EB as well as providing funding for vital research.

The money raised will be split evenly between Debra Ireland and Debra Spain, half will go directly towards payment of an on the road nurse to help Irelands “butterfly children” to change their bandages, while the other half will go towards the Debra respite home in Marbella.

Pictured: (far right) Gearóid Dunne, Commercial Manager Spain, Dawn Meats and Vice President Spanish Irish Business Network.


Dawn Meats has won the award for ‘Environmental Impact’ at the South West Wales Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2014, run in association with the University of South Wales.

This environmental award recognises Dawn Meats as a pioneer in the environmental sustainability of agriculture and food processing for its development and implementation of a robust sustainability programme at its retail packing facility in Cross Hands, Wales.
Dawn Meats introduced this programme to its retail packing facility in an attempt to reduce water and energy consumption by 20% in 2015. The project results exceeded both of these targets by the end of 2013, delivering a 65% reduction in water consumption and a 50% reduction in energy consumption.

Commenting on the awards, Michelle White, from Dawn Meats, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Environmental Impact Award at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Awards. The consequences of climate change for our planet are far-reaching, impacting on water resources, agriculture and public health, and we recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure that we function as sustainably as possible. Investment in equipment, coupled with the hard work of our staff, has ensured that we surpassed our water and energy targets and, while there is still more work to be done in this area, we’re delighted to have received this award in recognition of our achievements this far.”


Dawn Meats has accepted its 4th sustainability award in three weeks when it was recognised with the Process Award at the IBEC Environment Awards 2013 on November 29th. This latest award further cements Dawn Meats’ position as Ireland’s most sustainable meat processor.

The Process Award recognises Dawn Meats as a pioneer in the development and implementation of sustainable production solutions.  Dawn Meats’ aim was to reduce fossil fuel use by 80% at one of its major meat processing plants using superconducting heat recovery technology (originally conceived by NASA scientists) to produce hot water.

The project delivered a thermal efficiency improvement of 90% at its Ballyhaunis plant and over 50% at other facilities. The success of the project has allowed Dawn Meats to increase its corporate target for energy efficiency from 20% to 40%.  This win follows hot on the heels of three other sustainability awards in as many weeks, including:

- SEAI Innovation Award – Dawn Meats’ energy efficiency solution beat Microsoft and a range of other leading edge companies to claim the top prize for its heat recovery solution
- Bord Bia’s Origin Green’s overall Sustainability Award - for saving up to 60 million litres of water and reducing Dawn Meats’ carbon footprint by 3,000 tonnes in one year
- The UK’s prestigious Green Apple Environmental Award. Dawn Meats competed with over 500 nominations in the UK and was named National Green Champion (Ireland) – of which there is just one per country

Commenting, Niall Browne, Chief Executive, Dawn Meats said: “For Dawn Meats the most satisfying part of a sustainability award is the underlying environmental solution that delivers efficiency and underpins our green credentials. We are now exporting to over forty countries where traceability and environmental sustainability are expected by our customers and by end consumers.”

“Our environmental team under the leadership of Charlie Coakley has not only embraced the sustainability challenge, but has become a standard bearer for the meat industry in particular.  I’m delighted that these achievements have been so widely recognised. Looking ahead, we have set ambitious sustainability targets for delivery by 2020, including: a 50% reduction in our carbon footprint and reductions of 40% in water and energy consumption.”


Pictured: Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats, Minister Simon Coveney and Philip Tallon also of Dawn Meats

With a growing number of operations assessed by Certification Europe, Dawn Meats redefines the industry standard in sustainability
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday presented Dawn Meats with their ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificates for sites throughout Ireland and the UK at a special conferral ceremony at the Aviva Stadium as part of Future in Food on the 21st of November, 2013.

Philip Tallon, Group Operations Manager accepting the certificates on behalf of Dawn Meats, offered his opinions on his company’s achievements:
“This is a chance for us to take a look at everything we have achieved. The delivery of top class products to our clients, the savings from environmentally sound waste management, our innovative energy management techniques; everything has been based on our hard work and it is worth taking a moment to recognise this”

Minister Simon Coveney spoke enthusiastically about Dawn Meats certification:
"Having toured Dawn Meats’ facilities I have seen first-hand the care and dedication that they put into their products. It gives me great honour to present Dawn Meats with these Environmental Management certificates that marks the company as true leaders in sustainability."

Dr John Ryan, Director of Services at Certification Europe, the accredited certification body that assessed Dawn Meats to ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards praised the company’s hard work and efforts:
“Dawn Meats show continuing dedication to improving their business. These five certificates represent not only a commitment towards excellence but also a commitment to the environment. Dawn Meats efforts towards producing meat in the most sustainable way possible lays out a path for many Irish businesses to follow. This truly marks them as international market leaders”

Headquartered in Grannagh, Co Waterford, Dawn Meats employs over 2,700 staff and supplies a wide range of fresh and processed meat products to customers throughout the world. Dawn Meats have saved in excess of 56 Million litres of water in addition to reducing their CO2 output by almost 2,500 tons.

These savings have led to Dawn Meats winning several awards for their sustainability, including two in the last week; A Green Apple Environment Award for their environmental performance throughout the UK and the Bord Bia Sustainability award, as part of this year’s Bord Bia Food and Drink awards event.


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.  


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.