Belfast Telegraph

49. Dunbia

  • Managing director: Matthew Dobson
  • Pre-tax profit: £9.6m
  • Employment: 4,869
  • Pay bill: £89.6m

Over the course of four decades, brothers Jim and Jack Dobson grew their small Dungannon butcher shop into meat giant Dunbia, with sites throughout the UK and Ireland, turning over almost £800m each year.

Set up in 1976 after the brothers bought over a small frozen meat shop in Dungannon, Dunbia has grown to employ over 4,000 staff — 1,200 working in Northern Ireland — across a dozen sites, selling and exporting beef, lamb and pork across the globe.

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In December 2015, it emerged that the brothers were considering a sale of both the red meat and pork businesses.

In 2016, the pork business in Ballymena was sold to Cranswick plc while a joint venture in its red meat was formed with Irish processor Dawn Meats.


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