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.
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 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.
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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 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”.