1. Moy Park
Managing director: Nigel Dunlop
Pre-tax profit: £24.4m
Craigavon-based Moy Park is Northern Ireland’s largest food processing company and one of the UK's top 20 food companies with sales of over £1bn.
It is an international organisation with activities in 10 production sites and 10 mills and hatcheries across Northern Ireland, England and France.
Moy Park is a wholly owned subsidiary of the large Brazilian company, Marfrig, which has an even wider range of commercial interests in meat and meat products and has interests in supplying some of these products from Brazil to western Europe.
The main business of the Northern Ireland group is in locally-farmed poultry and poultry processing. It also produces and sells a range of complementary convenience food products.
Now in its 70th year, farming remains at the heart of the Moy Park business working in close partnership with over 700 farmers across Northern Ireland and England.
The company is one of the largest locally controlled private sector employers with an average of 10,914 employees in 2012. This is slightly higher than the 10,594 employed in 2011. A large number of these employees is located outside Northern Ireland.
Annual turnover has continued the sequence of annual increases, year by year, in the last six years. Group turnover in 2012 rose by £17m after exceeding £1bn last year.
After a sequence of operating and pre-tax losses in 2007 and 2008, the group returned to profitability in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and a £24.4m pretax figure was recorded in 2012.
The Food Park,
39 Seagoe Industrial Estate,
Tel: 028 3835 2233