Moy Park sold: Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation buys Northern Ireland chicken giant for £1bn

Moy Park sold: Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation buys Northern Ireland chicken giant for £1bn

Moy Park has been sold to a US food firm for $1.3bn (£1bn). Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation today announced that it has acquired Moy Park – one of Northern Ireland’s biggest firms, which has its headquarters in Craigavon. It had been owned by Brazilian firm JBS. Janet McCollum, chief Executive of... View Article

Northern Ireland meat producers flavour of the year at Great Taste Awards

Northern Ireland meat producers flavour of the year at Great Taste Awards

Northern Ireland’s top meat producers have walked away with the most important gongs at the Great Taste Awards in London. They include Co Down producer Hannan Meats, which won the Northern Ireland Golden Fork Award 2017 for its sweet-cured bacon rack. And start-up business Ispini, a farm-based enterprise outside Dungannon, took the overall... View Article

Sainsbury’s expands Argos ‘click and collect’ service ahead of festive rush

Sainsbury’s expands Argos ‘click and collect’ service ahead of festive rush

The chief executive of Sainsbury’s has outlined ambitious growth plans for Argos as the company rolls out click and collect services at 100 convenience stores ahead of the critical Christmas trading period. A year after Sainsbury’s splashed out £1.4 billion to acquire Argos and Habitat owner Home Retail Group, Mike Coupe told... View Article

Amazon pledge to slash Whole Foods prices hits supermarket shares

Amazon pledge to slash Whole Foods prices hits supermarket shares

Shares in British supermarkets dipped on Friday after US giant Amazon announced that it would slash prices at its newly acquired Whole Foods grocery chain. The 13.7 billion US dollars (£10.7 billion) deal will see it take over Whole Foods operations in America and in the UK, where it has nine stores. From Monday,... View Article

From Down to Dubai – Northern Ireland company’s global appeal leads to award nomination

From Down to Dubai – Northern Ireland company’s global appeal leads to award nomination

A Comber based food producer which counts Dubai as one of the destinations for its mashed potatoes has been named as a finalist for prestigious national award. Mash Direct has been named as a finalist of the Best Rural Food and Drink Business Award in the Amazon-sponsored Rural Business Awards. They’re up against Cobbs Farm Co,... View Article

Food firms fear lack of Northern Ireland voice in Brexit talks

Food firms fear lack of Northern Ireland voice in Brexit talks

Food firms say they are “extremely concerned” that Northern Ireland is still not being represented in Brexit talks due to the current lack of devolution here. Michael Bell, executive director of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), welcomed a Downing Street paper which called for a ‘light touch’... View Article

Moy Park tops list of Northern Ireland’s big companies

Moy Park tops list of Northern Ireland’s big companies

Chicken giant Moy Park has topped a list of Northern Ireland’s top companies for the sixth year in a row. The Ulster Business Top 100 Companies list, with A&L Goodbody, also saw overall revenues posted by those rising by more than £300m to a combined £23.6bn. Craigavon-based Moy Park, which has sites... View Article

Salad firm boss warns Brexit could force staff to leave NI

Salad firm boss warns Brexit could force staff to leave NI

The head of a top Northern Ireland salad processor has called for more certainty on Brexit as he said his EU workers were ‘deeply concerned’ for their future. John McCann, founder of Willowbrook Foods in Co Down, said workers should be offered ‘dual citizenship’ to allow them to remain here after Brexit. He said... View Article

NIFDA holds Brexit discussions with Secretary of State

NIFDA holds Brexit discussions with Secretary of State

Representatives of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) met with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP this week to discuss the ongoing Brexit negotiations.   The delegation, which included NIFDA executives and members of the association, met with Mr... View Article

UK Food and Drink Federation expresses concerns over post-Brexit trade tariffs

UK Food and Drink Federation expresses concerns over post-Brexit trade tariffs

Post-Brexit trade tariffs pose a “major risk” to the performance of Britain’s £28 billion food and drink sector, an industry body has warned. A report commissioned by the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) said the introduction of tariffs on existing EU trade would heap further pressure on manufacturers already squeezed by higher... View Article