Managing director: Nigel Dunlop
Pre-tax profit: £18.3m
Based in Craigavon, Moy Park supplies own label and customer branded chicken products to retail and foodservice customers across Europe.
It is Northern Ireland’s largest food processing company and one of Europe’s leading poultry companies.
The company employs almost 7000 people across 15 sites in Northern Ireland (Craigavon and Dungannon), England, France and the Netherlands.
Since 2008 the firm has been part of the world’s fourth largest producer of beef and beef products, Marfrig Group based in Brazil. Marfrig has 92 plants in 13 countries and exports to more than 110 countries.
Moy Park has undergone a complete reorganisation of its business during the two years since the acquisition and has recently embarked on a major investment programme to increase capacity, upgrade technology and improve facilities. Further significant investment in plant, technology and people is planned for 2010.
In terms of products Moy Park is recognised as one of Europe’s largest growers of organic, freerange and corn fed birds and says it has invested heavily in improving farming welfare standards. The company also offers an increasingly large and diverse range of food products including fresh, cooked and breaded chicken products, coated vegetable products, fruit and savoury pies, spring rolls, doughnuts and desserts to the retail, quick service restaurant and foodservice sectors. Its foodservice business is based in Cambridgeshire.
The company has also invested in the development of the skills of its people at all levels.
In 2009, the 2000th NVQ skills award was presented to employees in Northern Ireland and a further 548 NVQ’s were awarded to employees across its GB sites in processing and business improvement techniques. Moy Park employees were also recognised with National Awards for Training Excellence and Information Technology.
The firm is part of the Rose Energy consortium which is aiming to build a chicken litter fuelled power plant in Co Antrim, although the proposal has met with opposition in the local community.
In February the former director general of the National Farmers’ Union Richard Macdonald joined Moy Park as a non-executive director. He joined the company’s board and will work closely with chief executive Nigel Dunlop.
The Food Park,
39 Seagoe Industrial Estate,
Tel: 028 3835 2233