ABP has become a Corporate Champion of Cash for Kids in Northern Ireland. Cash for Kids is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. ABP has committed to raising a minimum of £10,000 in support of the charity’s mission to help local disadvantaged children all over Northern Ireland.
ABP intends to raise funds for Cash for Kids through its Summer Steak Barbecue later this month for its farmer-suppliers.
ABP Food Group has announced that it has converted to green electricity at all of its UK beef and lamb processing sites. The energy sourcing has been underpinned by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin scheme. The move is an important part of ABP’s strategy to reduce its carbon footprint under its 2020 sustainability commitments and complements its existing programme of generating its own renewable energy at its renewables division, Olleco, and at its Ellesmere site. ABP’s UK business now produces more renewable power than it consumes.
Commenting on the latest development, Dean Holroyd, Group Technical and Sustainability Director said, “Today’s announcement significantly accelerates us reaching our 2020 carbon reduction targets by the end of the year - two years ahead of schedule. Renewable energy generated from both external and internal sources has formed an important part of our carbon reduction model. The result has been a net positive solution to electricity where we now generate more renewable power than is required for our electricity consumption. It also means that we will have reduced our carbon consumption by almost a third since 2008.”
Olleco collects food waste and used cooking oil from the retail and food services sector and converts them into green energy in the form of bio diesel, bio gas and bio fertiliser. It was awarded sustainable supplier of the year at McDonald’s annual conference in 2017. ABP Ellesmere was the first externally verified Carbon Neutral processing facility in the world in 2015. The site generates all of its own heating and hot water needs from bio-fuel produced as a by-product of the beef processing operations which take place on site.
ABP is recognised as an industry leader when it comes to sustainable practices and environmental initiatives. The company recently achieved quadruple accreditation from the Carbon Trust in recognition of the progress it is making in reducing its environmental impact. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s impact on the environment, verifying action on energy use, CO2 emissions, water use and waste output. It recognises continuous excellence and year on year improvements in the area of environmental performance.
ABP Food Group was also awarded triple accreditation by the Carbon Trust for three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017, becoming the first food processor in the world to do so. This achievement was driven by ABP Food Group’s ‘Doing More with Less’ sustainability strategy, which has a number of ambitious targets to be achieved by 2020 with a view to reducing the company’s environmental footprint.
ABP presented 16 teenagers from Northern Ireland with their very own calves at the Balmoral Show recently. They will now rear their Aberdeen Angus cross calves as part of the final stage of a province-wide agri-food skills competition for young people, known as ‘the ABP Angus Youth Challenge’. The winners are 14-16 years olds from Belfast Royal Academy; Enniskillen Royal Grammar; Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt and St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena. They were presented with their calves by Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland, George Mullan, at a special prize-giving ceremony compered by the TV Presenter Paul Clark at the 150th Balmoral Show.
The teenagers will now go on to take part in a skills development programme from farm to fork with ABP. Each team will rear five Aberdeen Angus cross calves through to finishing and then sell their Angus cattle to ABP. The net profit after sale will be shared amongst their group. Each team has been assigned a special project to develop over the next 18 months. Their projects will challenge them to explore innovative and forward-looking techniques and proposals for the future benefit of meat production in Northern Ireland. Congratulating the finalists George Mullan said:
“I wish our four finalist teams well during this exciting stage of the competition. We look forward to engaging with even more young people when we go back out for new entries later in the year.”
Belfast Royal Academy’s team are all urban dwellers. They will be rearing their calves on the farm of the school’s Biology teacher. Their project theme is the Challenges of Farm Finance. Enniskillen Royal Grammar’s team are being supported by the Home Economics teacher. Their project theme is how Angus cattle production can enhance the sustainability of farming in Co. Fermanagh.
The finalists representing Rainey Endowed School have been given the Benefits of Benchmarking and the Contribution of Women to Farm Management as their project. The team are members of Rainey Endowed School’s Agricultural Club and all come from farming families.
St Louis Grammar finalists also have farming backgrounds. They will be working on the concept of Family Farms as a Driver of Sustainable Agriculture. The school’s Geography teacher is supporting them through the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.
The teams’ performance across all aspects of the final stage will be continually assessed to determine the overall winning group and the recipient of a £1,000 cash prize for their school. The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is organised in partnership with the Northern Irish Angus Producers Group.
Macra na Feirme and ABP Food Group have begun their search for tomorrow’s community leaders.
Applications are now open for the 2018 Macra na Feirme/ABP Leaders of the Year Awards. The Leaders of the Year programme aims to recognise Macra na Feirme members who have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities within Macra na Feirme and the wider community. The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides and incentive for the development of club programmes.
Speaking at the launch of the awards Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, “The Leaders of the Year Awards are a very significant part of the Macra na Feirme calendar and I would like to thank ABP for their continued support of these awards. Macra na Feirme prides itself on its development of tomorrow’s leaders, and these awards play a major part in giving our members who excel, the recognition and encouragement they deserve.”
Martin Kane Managing Director of ABP’s Irish operations said, “We are delighted to support the Macra na Feirme Leaders of the Year Awards. As a business which is focused on helping to develop young people with an interest in agriculture and the wider food sector it is an appropriate fit for us. We firmly believe in the need to nurture and encourage the next generation of talented young leaders, as well as recognising their achievements .”
Launching the Leaders of the Year Awards, Minister Richard Bruton said, “Employers across the country consistently need leadership skills within their workforce. I am delighted to launch the Macra na Feirme ABP Leaders of the Year programme to encourage the next generation of leaders within Macra na Feirme. The organisation has a proud tradition of leadership development in rural Ireland, and I am delighted that Skillnet Ireland, through my own department, are supporting Macra na Feirme’s Macra Agricultural Skillnet in delivering Leadership training and coaching to the agri-sector.”
Members of Macra na Feirme can apply online now for the awards by visiting www.macra.ie/LeadersoftheYear. Applicants will be invited for interview in June/July and the results of the Leaders of the Year programme will be announced at Macra na Feirme County Officer Training in September.
ABP part of world-leading pact to tackle plastic pollution
ABP has announced its inclusion as a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact announcement, an initiative launched by sustainability experts WRAP. This is a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK Government and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste. All of the company’s beef and lamb processing sites across the UK will be involved in the initiative.
ABP is one of 42 businesses, including major food, drink and non-food brands, manufacturers and retailers right through to plastic re-processors and packaging suppliers to have made a commitment to the Pact.
This powerful collective has committed to hit a series of ambitious targets by 2025:
Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging
Dean Holroyd, Group Technical and Sustainability Director, ABP Food Group said: “At ABP we are committed to doing all possible to minimise the impact of plastic on the environment. We see this as a great challenge and a huge opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded businesses to make a real and tangible difference in the fight against plastic at our sites and across the wider supply chain without compromising on quality, shelf life or food safety.”
WRAP CEO, Marcus Gover, said: “Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet. This requires a wholescale transformation of the plastics system and can only be achieved by bringing together all links in the chain under a shared commitment to act. That is what makes the UK Plastics Pact unique. It unites every body, business and organisation with a will to act on plastic pollution. We will never have a better time to act, and together we can.”
The immediate focus for UK Plastics Pact will be on identifying the priority projects that will deliver greatest impacts in the short and long term, such as overcoming barriers to increasing the amount of recycled content used in new packaging, developing reusable packaging and working with partners to overcome the issue of un-recyclable black plastic.
ABP Food Group is recognised as an industry leader when it comes to sustainable practices and environmental initiatives. The company recently achieved quadruple accreditation from the Carbon Trust in recognition of the progress it is making in reducing its environmental impact. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s impact on the environment, verifying action on energy use, CO2 emissions, water use and waste output. It recognises continuous excellence and year on year improvements in the area of environmental performance
The finalists of a province-wide agri-food skills competition for young people have been announced. The teams going through to the final stage of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge are Belfast Royal Academy; Enniskillen Royal Grammar; Rainey Endowed School Magherafelt and St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena.
They will now go on to receive five Angus cross calves per group at a prize-giving ceremony on 18th May at Balmoral Show. They will take part in a programme with ABP that will see them developing skills and knowledge across the beef supply chain from farm to fork. This will culminate in the sale of each team’s Angus cattle to ABP with the net profit shared out amongst their group.
Congratulating the finalists at their training day in ABP Newry, Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland, George Mullan said, “It was clear from the judging of the semi-finalists by an independent panel of industry experts, the standard was very high. So, we decided to take four teams forward to the next stage. We are looking forward to working with these enthusiast young people who are already demonstrating a strong interest in the agri-food sector. I would like to wish them every success for the next stage.”
Each team has now been assigned a special project to develop over the next 18 months. Their projects will challenge them to explore innovative and forward-looking techniques and proposals for the future benefit of meat production in Northern Ireland.
The finalists range from 14-16 years old. Not all live on or come from a farming background. Belfast Royal Academy’s team are all urban dwellers and are interested in careers in the agri-food sector. They will be rearing their calves on the farm of the school’s Biology teacher. Their project theme is the Challenges of Farm Finance.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar’s team are being supported by the Home Economics teacher. Their project theme is how Angus cattle production can enhance the sustainability of farming in Co. Fermanagh.
The finalists representing Rainey Endowed School have been given the Benefits of Benchmarking and the Contribution of Women to Farm Management as their special project. The team are members of Rainey Endowed School’s Agricultural Club and all come from farming families.
St Louis Grammar’s finalists also have farming backgrounds. They will be working on the concept of Family Farms as a Driver of Sustainable Agriculture. The school’s Geography teacher is supporting them on the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.
The teams’ performance across all aspects of the final stage will be continually assessed to determine the overall winning group and the recipient of the £1,000 cash prize for their school.
The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is organised in partnership with the Northern Irish Angus Producers Group. Judging the semi-finalists were industry experts and representatives from leading organisations across the farming and agri-food sectors including CAFRE, the LMC, NIFDA, the UFU and YFCU.
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Last night (Tuesday, 3rd October), more than 600 senior executives gathered at the IGD Awards to raise a toast to the food and industry’s achievements over the last 12 months.
ABP UK received the award for its anti-modern slavery campaign. According to ABP, it’s estimated that at least 20,000 victims of modern slavery live and work in the UK. ABP has launched its own anti-modern slavery campaign to help its people and partners understand the issue, tackle it at the root cause and prevent any form of exploitation entering its workplace.
Vanessa Di Cuffa, UK People Change Director for ABP said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of all colleagues across our UK business. Our campaign has focused on raising awareness and ensuring all of our colleagues and supply chain partners have a full understanding of this issue so that they are equipped to understand the issue and confident to deal with it, in any of its forms. There is absolutely no place for any exploitation in the work place and I hope that our work, which is ongoing, will go some way towards tackling this problem”.
Steve Godwin, Head of External and Government Affairs, Danone, said: “ABP UK’s Anti-Modern Slavery initiative is truly pioneering. It focuses on an issue for too long ignored in our society and has the ability to bring about real, country-wide change.
“It is innovative and different, and has achieved measurable, positive results for the business. It has positively impacted the lives of its workers on both a professional and personal level.
“This initiative has the potential to influence the way that we approach employability throughout the supply chain and especially in the traditionally tough environment of the manufacturing world. I look forward to learning more about the impacts on ABP itself and on the world around it.”
Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD Chief Executive, said: “For more than 25 years, the IGD Awards have celebrated the achievements of our truly world-class industry. These are hotly contested awards and this year the bar was set as high as ever. Yet again we received a very large number of entries, which is testament to the innovative, high-quality work taking place across our industry.
“We’re living through challenging times, yet our industry never fails to impress in its determination to continue surprising and delighting shoppers. Many congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”
About the IGD Awards
The winners of the IGD Awards were selected by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from IGD and companies from across the food and grocery supply chain. For the first time ever in 2017, three awards were voted for by shoppers – the IGD Food-to-Go Operator of the Year, the IGD Online Retailer of the Year and the IGD Retailer of the Year – through IGD’s ShopperVista service, the barometer of the British grocery shopper.
IGD is an education and training charity for the food and grocery industry that undertakes research for the benefit of the public.
For a full list of the winners of the IGD Awards 2017, please visit igd.com/awards
ABP Ireland has won seven awards including two gold and four silver awards, at the 10th annual Blas na hEireann, the Irish Food Awards for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. The awards were held in Dingle on 30th September. Blas na hEireann is the biggest blind tasting of Irish produce.
ABP Food Group submitted entries to all categories in the beef section: striploin steak; rib eye steak; fillet steak and beef other- meatballs /burgers. In total, seven of ABP’s products qualified for the finals and all seven picked up awards.
Research has proven that the Blas accreditation has the highest recognition amongst Irish consumers. For this year’s competition, there were 2,500 entries overall in all products across all categories.
Results of the ABP Products across the four beef categories:
· Bronze – Specially Selected Tipperary Dry Aged Black Angus 30 day matured Striploin
· Silver – Specially Selected Black Angus 28 day matured Striploin
· Silver – Specially Selected Black Angus 28 day matured Fillet
· Gold – Specially Selected Tipperary Dry Aged Black Angus 30 day matured Rib Eye
· Silver – Specially Selected Black Angus 28 day matured Rib Eye
Beef Other – Meatballs/Burgers:
· Gold- Butchers Choice 3% low fat Lean burger gluten free
· Silver – Platinum Prime Sirloin Steak Burger Gluten Free
Commenting on the Group’s success at Blas na hEireann, Eoin Ryan, Sales Manager, ABP said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won these indigenous awards. The judging process for these awards is driven and guided by taste. This highlights the quality of our Ultra Tender process which currently sees ABP beef served in over 200 Michelin starred restaurants across the world. The company has already been acknowledged at previous awards for our quality food produce and this is a further endorsement to the hard work and quality produced by the ABP team in Cahir.”