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52. United Dairy Farmers/Dale Farm

  • Chief executive: Nick Whelan
  • Pre-tax profit: £6.8m
  • Employment: 1,087
  • Pay bill: £30.7m

Dale Farm is Northern Ireland’s largest dairy business. The group manufactures dairy products including cheeses, butter, milk powders, fresh milk, ice cream, yogurts and desserts, which it sells to over 40 countries worldwide.

The United Group profits saw a good recovery in the year to March 2016, with group operating profit increasing from £3.5m to £9m and profit before tax increasing from £1.28m to £6.82m.