The securing of a E3m deal by Thurles based Dew Valley Foods Ltds to supply McDonald’s 84 Irish outlets has been widely welcomed. The deal was revealed this Monday.
Under the contract, Dew Valley will supply nine million pieces of bacon to the McDonalds chain, and owner Jack Blake told the media he hoped it would open doors to other markets.
While the deal will secure the jobs of the 250 people currently employed at Dew Valley, hopes are high that it may mean the company taking on extra staff over the coming months.
Welcoming the deal, Junior Minister for Agriculture Tom Hayes said: “It is wonderful news, not just for Tipperary, but for the Irish agri-food sector as a whole. McDonalds is a global brand and this is a major vote of confidence in Irish food producers”.
He added that there is also scope for further growth, as it may, in the future look to expand that contract right across its European outlets.
“It’s also wonderful news for the employees at Dew Valley as it secures their future,” he said.
IFA North Tipperary chair Philip Kinane told the Tipperary Star: “Anything that helps the Irish pig industry is to be welcomed. There has been a huge attrition level in the sector in the past 20 years.”
He further stated that the IFA “urged all Irish companies, such as hotels and restaurants that depend on on the Irish public for their income, to use Irish products as far as possible. We would be disappointed at those who don’t.”
Deputy Michael Lowry commended Dew Valley in securing the contract and stated that it will ensure the continued growth and development of the company.
“Compliments are due to Dew Valley management and workforce on their consistent high standards and ability to grow the company. Dew Valley has been the success story of enterprise in Tipperary in recent years,” he said.
“This new purchase order will allow the company to develop further, sustain the existing jobs and create additional work opportunities. Dew Valley meats is an enormous contributor to the economic and social life of the area and is well placed to advance further in the future,” said Deputy Lowry.
Junior Minister Alan Kelly welcomed the announcement saying he was delighted with the announcement and congratulated Dew Valley Foods Ltd on winning the contract.
“It was increasingly satisfying because, before the deal was signed, McDonalds Ireland sourced its bacon from the UK,” he said.
He said the deal was a major boost to Irish agriculture and it was further proof that the produce of Irish farmers was top quality.
Local councillor Micheal Lowry said: “This announcement is great news for the company, and a very positive development for Tipperary as a whole. Securing such a significant contract is testament to the management and staff of Dew Valley and a reflection on their capability and abilities. It is a concrete endorsement for Ireland and the agri-food business here and a clear example of what can still be achieved in Agri-Food going forward.
“Dew Valley have a proven history of expansion, development and innovation which is evident in their top class facility. This contract will open further doors to them and hopefully will serve as a platform for them to build from. It opens an avenue for further expansion into European markets.
“I would like to congratulate Dew Valley and wish them every success going forward.