Dawn Meats ‘quite likely’ to takeover Dunbia

By Matt Atherton contact

- Last updated on GMT

Dawn Meats is reportedly close to buying Dunbia
Dawn Meats is reportedly close to buying Dunbia

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Dawn Meats is close to sealing the takeover of Northern Ireland meat firm Dunbia, an industry expert said.

Ireland-based Dawn Meats declined to comment on any takeover bid.

A Dawn Meats spokeswoman said: “It is Dawn Meats policy not to comment on market rumour or speculation.”

No-one at Dunbia was available to comment on the bid.

An industry expert, who didn’t want to be named, told FoodManufacture.co.uk that a deal between the two firms was “quite likely”​.

The two firms had been in takeover talks for about six months, according to reports.

Growing collection

Dawn Meats – owner of the Black Angus, The Premium Butcher and the Highland Meats brands – will add to its growing collection of UK-based businesses, if the deal is confirmed.

It has acquired four UK meat firms since 2011, including Duerden Lindal Moor Beef Abattoir, the Jasper beef abattoir and West Devon Meats.

A deal would see Dunbia’s owners sell the rest of the business, after selling its pork business to Cranswick​ in November.

Dunbia started as a butchers shop in 1976, and now reports sales of almost £790M a year. It owns the Farmhouse Champion, Pure Nature and Aberdeen Angus brands.

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