The announcement last week that Dawn Meats had assumed complete control of Dunbia, having had a majority shareholding since 2017, is a natural progression. Dunbia had just one factory in the Republic of Ireland at Slane, which was acquired by Dawn as part of the 2017 deal. Dawn’s factories in Britain were rebranded as Dunbia, and Dunbia co-founder Jim Dobson managed the expanded Dunbia group, retaining a shareholding until his retirement last week. Though Dawn now has complete control of the Dunbia group, the Dunbia branding will be retained for their locations in Northern Ireland and Britain, as a division of Dawn Meats.
Dawn claim they slaughter 1m cattle between all their locations, which is just over 20% of the combined UK and Irish cattle kill of just under 5m annually. They also claim to process 3m sheep annually.