Leading meat processor, Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch based meat company, Shannon Meats.

“This agreement marks a key milestone in Dunbia’s strategic expansion plans,” explains Jim Dobson, Dunbia Group Chief Executive.  “We have been doing business with Shannon Meats for many years and have always been extremely impressed with their business approach which sits well with our own corporate ethos and values.  Our plans to increase our export markets have been well documented.  Shannon Meats have the networks and infrastructure to allow us to access new customers in the retail and wholesale trade in Holland and Benelux countries.”

Shannon Meats has over 25 years’ experience in the meat industry, trading in 100% Irish beef products.  Mr Ronnie Bosma, Chief Executive Shannon Meats has welcomed the partnership with Dunbia: “This is a very exciting time for Shannon Meats.  We have excellent relationships with a number of key suppliers across Ireland who supply us with top quality Irish beef and these relationships will continue.  The agreement with Dunbia will bring us experience in livestock procurement and an introduction to the excellent farmers which Ireland has.  Dunbia is a company with whom we have done business for years.  We have great respect and admiration for their drive, vision and integrity and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Dunbia is one of the leading multi-species meat processors in Europe with 12 sites located in the UK and Ireland, export markets across Europe and an annual turnover of £800m.  Jim Dobson, the company’s owner and chief executive was named UK Director of the Year in 2014 by the Institute of Directors for “being a focussed leader with a strong understanding of the market and competitors.”  The company was also named UK Manufacturer of the Year in 2014.