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ABP Food Group
ABP Food Group

Profile

ABP Food Group is an integrated agrifood business operating 50 manufacturing sites in 7 EU countries. We are structured around 4 divisions and our principal business is in red meat processing (beef and lamb) for retail, wholesale, food service, etc. The remaining divisions look to maximise carcass utilisation into Petfood (C&D), Proteins for Pharma and food ingredients and finally a sizeable renewable energy division (Olleco). Research interest is sustainable proteins. 

Competences & Capabilities

Main areas of expertise include:

  • Understanding of beef/lamb farming systems and drivers of efficiency across Europe. 
  • Strong category and consumer understanding of the protein purchaser (meat, fish, poultry and non-meat). 
  • Environmental sustainability and the drivers of improvements at farm and business level. 
  • Adding value to animal by-products. 
  • Brand protection - food authenticity, security and safety of supply chains.
ABP Food Group

14 Castle Street, Ardee, County Louth, Ireland

http://www.abpfoodgroup.com

Contact

Dean Holroyd, Group Technical and Sustainability Director dean.holroyd@abpbeef.com

Partner in the following EIT Food projects

ABP Food Group
Education

Food System Master of Science Programme

The programme is based on a combination of essential entrepreneurial skills, which will help you to become an effective innovator, and key technical skills that are tailored to your career ambition in the sector

ABP Food Group
Innovation

Advanced technologies for beef & lamb composition, imaging & sorting

The project will expand, adapt & implement 3-D CT scanning technologies to digitise the beef & lamb food chain into a new Connected Food System

ABP Food Group
Education

Educating for Technology Take-off

However, uptake of new technologies on farms is patchy

ABP Food Group
Innovation

Seaweed supplementation to mitigate methane (CH4) emissions by cattle (SeaCH4NGE)

There is a gap in the market for products with lower environmental impact as consciousness among consumers rapidly increases

ABP Food Group
Innovation

Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

Suitable materials for meat, fish & poultry have constraints such as the need for an oxygen barrier & stability at higher temperatures, so wide-scale use of alternatives has so far been low

ABP Food Group
Innovation

BLINK: BeefLink - Traceability within the beef value chain using rapid DNA fingerprinting

Food fraud is in many aspects an appealing activity because the profit margins of this activity can be quite large but the risk of being caught is lower than in other criminal activities due to the low priory of police and judicial authorities

ABP Food Group
Education

Focus on Farmers

However, farmer adoption of these technologies is often limited and therefore the benefits are not realised

ABP Food Group
Innovation

Food Fortress for raw materials and ingredients in Europe – Gaining Consumer trust through transparency

This project aims at gaining consumer trust through improving the transparency of the supply chain using rapid-reactive and proactive risk management using a combination of technologies such as predictive analytics and multi-analytical tests

ABP Food Group
Innovation

The development of organic supply chains that drive fair, transparent and healthy options for the consumer

On a global basis the amount of fraud occurring in the organic supply system is growing rapidly and issues are appearing on a weekly basis

ABP Food Group
Innovation

FOOD4SENIOR High nutritional and sensory quality Food innovations for the promotion of Senior Health

It is also important to highlight the impact of the demographic change on public health and its costs

ABP Food Group
Public Engagement

Consumer attitudes towards healthier processed meat products

The countries investigated will be UK, Spain and Denmark, countries with high meat consumption rates (> 80 kg per person/year in UK and Denmark and > 90 kg per person/year in Spain)