Sunday 26 February 2017

Dunnes Stores to buy Whelan Food and Meat Processors

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

TRADITIONAL TASTE: Pat Whelan with his mother Joan, who first had the idea of selling dripping
TRADITIONAL TASTE: Pat Whelan with his mother Joan, who first had the idea of selling dripping

Dunnes Stores is planning to make another acquisition following its recent purchase of the Café Sol business.

It has just notified the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of its intention to buy Whelan Food and Meat Processors and Tipperary Sustainable Food Company.

Whelan Food and Meat Processors is owned by Pat Whelan. He’s a renowned butcher in Tipperary who also owns the award-winning James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel. The butchers also has a presence in three Avoca stores. That part of the business isn’t being sold to Dunnes, however.

Whelan Food and Meat Processors has been an unlimited company since 2010, meaning it no longer has to file accounts with the Companies Office.

The latest set of publicly available accounts show that it made a profit of €271,000 in the year to the end of October 2008.

Tipperary Sustainable Food is owned by Mr Whelan and a company called Easi-build. Easi-build is owned by Dublin-based Ernie Kenny, who’s also involved in James Whelan Butchers.

The latest set of publicly-available accounts for Tipperary Food Company show that it made a €280,000 profit in 2014.

Both firms are involved in the retail sale of meat and related products.

Dunnes Stores, headed by Margaret Heffernan and Frank Dunne, bought the Café Sol business last year and plans to incorporate outlets into busy Dunnes stores.

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