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.
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.
Photo by BRAVAU PHOTO
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.”