Dawn Meats secures €300m deal with McDonalds that will generate 65 new jobs in Waterford
DAWN Meats has won a €300m contract for McDonalds which will see the creation of 65 new jobs in Waterford,
The company, which already employs 1,400 people, secured a five year deal to process 18,000 tonnes of beef annually for the fast food giant.
One in five burgers bought in McDonalds restaurants in Europe now comes from Ireland.
Adrian Crean, Managing Director of McDonald's Ireland said that the decision do the deal with Dawn Meats was driven by the success of the longstanding business relationship between the two companies and by the quality and reliability of the Irish beef sector.
The fast food company is now the single largest purchaser of Irish beef by volume, buying 40,000 tonnes of Irish beef annually.
McDonalds exported €110m worth of Irish beef in 2011, up from €80m in 2008 and it expects this amount to grow further in the years to come.
A total of 18,000 Irish farmers supply beef to McDonald's.
During the construction of the new processing plant at Carroll’s Cross, Co Waterford, 100 jobs were created.