1. Moy Park
Managing director: Nigel Dunlop
Pre-tax profit: n/a
Craigavon-based Moy Park is Northern Ireland’s largest food processing company and one of Europe’s leading poultry companies.
The business offers a range of fresh, high quality, locally farmed chicken and complementary convenience food products to retail and foodservice customers across Europe.
The company employs more than 10,500 people over 12 main production sites in Northern Ireland, England, France and the Netherlands.
Moy Park has been part of the Brazil-based Marfrig Group since 2008. The group has 151 production, commercial and distribution units in 22 countries and exports to more than 100 countries, making it the world’s fourth largest producer of fresh and industrialised beef products.
The purchase of Ballymena-based O’Kane Poultry Limited increased capacity and brought entry to the turkey sector. More than 200m chickens and 2m turkeys are now processed and the McLarnon Feeds mill has been added to the company’s resources.
A new turkey processing facility officially opened in Ballymena before Christmas in a 65,000 sq ft factory extension.
Moy Park says its focus now is on creating healthier products with better ingredients and they have recently developed a new southern fried-style mini fillet.
The company continues its investment programme with a substantial element dedicated to sustainability and waste management.
It was recognised with a ‘Platinum’ award in the top category for being an environmentally responsible organisation by Business in the Community’s ARENA Network.
Moy Park is part of the Rose Energy consortium, which is aiming to build a plant to convert chicken litter to energy. This could provide up to a third of Northern Ireland’s sustainable energy obligations, enough to power 25,000 homes.
The company also supplies hatching eggs to a significant proportion of the total European market and is well recognised as one of Europe’s largest growers of organic, free-range and corn-fed birds.
The company is now working on an extensive corporate responsibility programme for employees and the community, to cover education, healthy living and charitable activities.
Outreach staff work with community partner organisations such as Young Enterprise and Business in the Community to deliver business skills education and careers advice to children at local schools.
The Food Park,
39 Seagoe Industrial Estate,
Tel: 028 3835 2233