Dunbia welcomes European Investment Bank to Pig Innovation Centre

Dunbia welcomes European Investment Bank to Pig Innovation Centre

Dunbia Pig Innovation Centre recently hosted a meeting of European Investment Bank officials at its research facility in Muckamore, Antrim.

The meeting was part of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland by Pim Van Ballekom, the vice president of European Investment Bank.

The purpose of the meeting was to give Van Ballekom and officials from European Investment Bank an insight into the development and challenges of the pork industry in Northern Ireland.

Mr Pim Van Ballekom, vice president of European Investment Bank (2nd left) is pictured with Diane Dodds MEP, Tony O’Neill, Dunbia deputy chief executive (2nd right) and producer Malcolm Keys (r).

Pim Van Ballekom, vice president of European Investment Bank (2nd left) pictured with Diane Dodds MEP, Tony O’Neill, Dunbia deputy chief executive (2nd right) and producer Malcolm Keys (r).

Dunbia deputy chief executive, Tony O’Neill, said: “It is a huge honour for Dunbia to host the vice president of the European Investment Bank to the Pig Innovation Centre and outline developments for the Northern Ireland pork industry.

“There have been many positive developments recently,” O’Neill continued. “In January, Dunbia was the first company to export Northern Irish pork to India and we are currently waiting on final approval for exports to China.

“These developments have come about through strong collaboration between industry, government and key stakeholders. Dunbia regards the European Investment Bank as a key stakeholder and has welcomed the opportunity to sit down with Mr Van Ballekom and discuss how the EIB can support future growth.”

Producer Malcolm Keys who also attended the meeting added: “The Pig Innovation Centre is an excellent example of the producer, processor and retailer working together for the betterment of the pork industry. It is essentially an investment in the future so it was hugely important that we could present this to the vice president of the European Investment Bank.

“There have been some significant developments in the NI pork industry recently but there is much more to be done. Engaging with institutions such as the European Investment Bank is all part of building the future.”

The Pig Innovation Centre is a research and development centre focused on creating commercially viable, higher welfare indoor production methods for the pig supply base. It is a joint venture between Dunbia and M Keys Farms.

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