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Minister Wallace visits Dunbia Meat Factory, Slane, Co. Meath

Ms Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today visited the Dunbia meat factory at Slane, Co Meath. Dunbia was established in 1976 by brothers Jim and Jack Dobson. It has since developed to become one of Europe's leading suppliers of top quality beef and lamb products for the national and international retail, commercial and food service markets. The facility in Slane was acquired by Dunbia in 2001 and processes over 1,100 cattle per week. Between its operations at Slane and Kilbeggan the Group employs 220 people. It also has significant facilities in Northern Ireland and at other sites throughout Europe.

Commenting on her visit, the Minister said: "The Dunbia meat factory is not only an important local facility but also a significant player in the overall meat industry. Beef exports alone were valued in excess of €1.5 billion in 2007. This clearly shows the meat sector's important contribution to the national economy and particularly its trade balance. It is also an important provider of employment and is a key driver of investment, particularly in rural areas."

Concluding the Minister congratulated the company on its developments to date and wished it continued success in the future.

Photographs are available on request.

Date Released: 11 February 2008