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ABP is one of Europe's leading beef processors.
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A World First - ABP Food Group receives Carbon Trust Triple Certification for Third Time

ABP Food Group has become the first food processor in the world to achieve triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for the third consecutive time. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s leading independent certification awarded to organisations that can demonstrate they are taking effective action to tackle their environmental impact, verifying reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste output. It recognises good management and year-on-year improvements in sustainability performance. The achievement is driven by ABP Food Group’s “Doing More with Less” sustainability strategy, which initiated a number of ambitious targets to be achieved by 2020 with a view to substantially reducing ABP Food Group’s environmental footprint.

Commenting on achieving triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for the third consecutive time, Dean Holroyd, Group Technical and Sustainability Director at ABP Food Group, said: “In 2014, ABP Food Group was the first food processor globally to achieve this prestigious recognition for the progress made on sustainability across our business. To now achieve it three times in a row is tangible proof of our industry leading standards and the real progress we have made in reducing our environmental footprint.”

John Newton, Associate Director at the Carbon Trust, added: “Britain and Ireland produce some of the world’s most sustainable meat. Within this market, ABP Food Group has once again demonstrated its leadership credentials through achieving significant ongoing reductions in its own environmental impact. We are delighted to recognise this by awarding recertification to the Carbon Trust Standard, thanks to the company’s achievements in once again cutting carbon emissions, water use and waste from its operations.”

In 2015, ABP opened the world’s most sustainable beef processing facilities at Ellesmere in Shropshire. The site generates all of its own heating and hot water needs and up to 100% of its electricity requirements from bio-fuel produced as a by-product of the beef processing operation. Last year, all of ABP’s Irish sites received the international energy management standard ISO 50001 in recognition of the processes implemented to improve energy efficiency.

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BBC Countryfile Presenter & Farmer Adam Henson Attends Balmoral Show As Special Guest Of ABP

Suppliers and their families of ABP Food Group in Newry and Lurgan enjoyed an exclusive event with BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson at this year’s Balmoral Show. The event took place on the ABP stand where the presenter gave his views on agriculture as well as how he combines his love of farming with a very successful TV career. Adam was selected from 3,500 applicants in 2001 to become a presenter for BBC Countryfile, putting his farming knowledge to good use.

Hundreds of ABP suppliers from across Northern Ireland visited the ABP stand at this year’s where they had the opportunity to catch up ABP colleagues from Newry and Lurgan. ABP Northern Ireland is a platinum sponsor of the Balmoral Show which attracted over 100,000 visitors this year.

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ABP Food Group promotes Irish beef in Italy for St Patrick’s Day

Sales teams from across the company have been busy promoting Irish beef in a number of countries as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Eoin Ryan, Sales and Marketing Manager, was in Italy as part of an official delegation to supermarket giant Carrefour. The delegation also included representatives from Bord Bia and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, TD. A particular focus of the visit was the relaunch of ABP’s premium Certified Irish Hereford Prime beef range with Carrefour Italia. Pictured discussing the range at Carrefour’s flagship store in Carrugate close to Milan is Eoin Ryan (r) ABP with Minister Flanagan (l). ABP Food Group has been supplying premium product to Carrefour in Italy since 2014.

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Aidan Cotter to Chair ABP Food Group/Fane Valley Group Joint Venture

ABP Food Group and Fane Valley Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Aidan Cotter as Chairman of the Board of the Slaney Foods/Irish Country Meats joint venture. The joint venture is a 50:50 partnership between ABP Food Group and Fane Valley Group and includes the Slaney Foods international beef business and the sheep meat specialist, Irish Country Meats (ICM). Aidan served as Chief Executive of Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) from 2004 until his retirement in January this year.
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ABP UK win Retail Processor of the Year Award 2017

ABP UK has been awarded the Retail Processor of the Year Award 2017 by the Meat Trades Journal. The award recognises expertise, innovation and best practice when it comes to processing for the retail sector.

Pictured receiving the award on behalf of ABP UK is Julie Gresswell, New Business Development Manager.
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Good Herdsmen first supplier of organic beef in Italy

Good Herdsman, ABP’s organic beef brand, became the first supplier of Irish organic meat to the Italian market. The product was launched by Bord Bia through its Chef’s Irish Beef Club network in Pordenone at a food bloggers event.

Italy is one of Europe’s largest organic markets. There are over 2,250 organic food and beverage products, 19 million Italian organic food consumers and the number of restaurants serving organic food has increased by 69% in the last five years.

Pictured far right is Eoin Ryan, European Sales & Marketing Manager, ABP Food Group.
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ABP Food Group sponsor prestigious City Food Lecture

ABP Food Group sponsored the 2017 City Food Lecture held recently in the Guild Hall, London. The event brought together industry leaders, academics and members of London’s leading food related livery companies. The key note address, prepared by Professor Chris Elliot from Queens University Belfast and delivered by Michael Bell, CEO of Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), called for a new approach to food production and highlighted the urgent need for people to reconnect with their food.

Pictured at the event were (left) George Mullen, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland and (right) Michael Bell, CEO of NIFDA.

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Senior Management Changes

ABP Food Group are pleased to announce two Senior Management changes.

Finbarr McDonnell will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer for ABP Food Group and join the Board of ABP Food Group. Finbarr, who has worked in the company for many years most recently as Managing Director ABP Ireland & Poland, will now take on a wider group role supporting all the business units.

Martin Kane will replace Finbarr as Managing Director ABP Ireland & Poland. Martin is 43 and has been with the company for 21 years in various finance roles. For the last 10 years he was Finance Director for ABP Ireland & Poland where he has worked closely with the ABP Ireland and Poland management teams in all aspects of the business including the acquisitions of the numerous Polish sites.
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ABP Food Group proud sponsors of the Macra Na Feirme Leadership Awards

The Macra National Leadership Awards were announced last week at a special reception in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin. The winners were Cara O’Mahony, James Barber and Patrick Carthy. The National Leadership Awards recognise the leadership skills of Macra members within their clubs and the wider community. The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides an incentive for the development of club programmes.

Pictured Finbarr McDonnell, COO, ABP Food Group, with award winners James Barber, Cara O’Mahony, Patrick Carthy and Sean Finan, Macra na Feirme president.
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ABP Ireland sponsor Farm Safety Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

ABP Ireland promoted Farm Safety at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The exhibition is the largest of its kind in Europe and is the ultimate science and technology fair for second level students across Ireland, where over 500 students enter science projects with a view to becoming Ireland’s Young Scientist of the Year. ABP sponsored a prize for the best Farm Safety project which was won by Jack Nagle, from Killorglin Community College in Kerry. Jack’s project was entitled Tractor Safe Lock and his initiative is hoped will help reduce the danger on a farm as the handbrake on a tractor would automatically be put in place even if a farmer forgot to do so.

Pictured Eoin Ryan, European Sales & Marketing Manager, ABP Food Group and Jack Nagle, ABP Food Group Farm Safety Award Winner
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