Dunbia sends huge pork shipment to India
One of Northern Ireland's biggest meat firms has sent its first shipment of pork to India, following the opening of the market at the end of last year.
Dunbia's first container arrived in India last month, with plans for further shipments this year from the Dungannon-headquartered business.
According to Dunbia boss Jim Dobson, the "shipment represents a significant opportunity for Dunbia and our pig farmers and is the beginning of what we hope will be a long and profitable relationship with India, which is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world."
"The first container has been very well received by our Indian customers and we are currently consolidating further containers for shipment.
"India is one of a number of new markets which Dunbia has been pushing to open for Northern Ireland beef and pork.
"We have been working closely with Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill to secure new markets for Northern Ireland beef and pork.
"In addition to India, Canada has also been secured for beef exports while Dunbia has recently received provisional approval for exports to China."
Dunbia boosted its profits by more than 40%, with turnover shooting up to £826m for the year, according to its latest accounts.
And the results for the firm came after the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the business could be sold. A teaser document has been prepared, due to be sent out to businesses who may have an interest in snapping up Dunbia.