Dept of Agriculture Food Wise 2025

Meat Technology Centre

The Meat Technology Centre (MTC) is hosted in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown and is designed as a technology centre of excellence in beef and sheep meat processing. It will encompass the facilities and expertise of each of the Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) involved (Teagasc, UCC, UCD, DIT, ICBF) and significant activities will be carried out within the factories of those meat companies involved.

The MTC’s overall strategy is to establish an internationally leading centre of excellence for meat processing research and innovation.

This Centre will fuel growth in the Irish beef and sheep meat sector by creating, validating and commercialising a pipeline of science and technology based innovations, leading to enhanced processes and product development. The MTC will expand and accelerate technology translation and bridge the gap between traditional academic research providers and the industrial adaptors of research results. By embracing leading meat firms and expert meat research capabilities throughout the entire cycle of technology creation, development and implementation, the MTC will be unique and internationally distinctive.

The MTC will be market-led, informed by its stakeholders and underpinned by a proprietary R&D programme. The MTC will plan, create, validate and transfer technology for the benefit of member companies.

Key Features of the Meat Technology Centre