ALL ABOUT PORK AND BACON

McCarren is Family owned business, going back 5 generations, established by John McCarren. The original business focused on the sale of live animals to UK for slaughter in a factory in Leeds.

As the business developed, the current and original site was built in 1860 and located in Cavan for its ease of access to the railway system.

Oldest traditional pig slaughtering & bacon curing business in Ireland and the only fully integrated pork processing site in Ireland that can slaughter, cut, debone, cure, slice, and pack (bulk and consumer packs).

McCarren sources in excess of €0.5m livestock weekly-predominantly from pig farmers in the counties adjacent to the border and within a 25km radius of the site. All Farms are audited according to Bord Bia standards and fully traceability to the farm. The site slaughters 9.5% of the ROI kill.

INCREASE IN CAPABILITIES AND CAPACITIES

FARM FIRST 

The welfare of the animals in their care is paramount.There are two dedicated animal welfare officers on-site.

PROCESS 

Process capabilities and throughput capacities have been increased by 40% from 5,000 to 7,000 pigs weekly.

OUR TEAM

The site currently employs 269 people. Staff numbers has increased by 40 and 50% since Kepak investment in 2013.

LOCAL ECONOMY

McCarren contributes in excess of €35m annually to the local economy with livestock purchases, wages, and support services.

WORLDWIDE

McCarren’s key export markets are UK, Asia, Australasia in addition to domestic sales

About 20% of McCarren output is further-processed within Kepak Group and the balance of 80% to key customer partnerships. The site is approved for all the major retailers and is an integral supply partner to foodservice operators in Ireland.

Kepak has invested a total of €15m in McCarren including investment to modernise and increase throughput capacities. Kepak’s core business is primary processing of beef (c. 16% national kill) lamb (20%) and most recently pork (10%).

Kepak has a range of meat protein (beef, lamb, pork, chicken) value added businesses ranging from raw burgers to cooked convenience snacks

The investment in McCarren and other added value businesses will add further value along the supply chain delivering partner customers and consumers alike on-trend convenience products which are the fastest-growing category of meat sales.

 

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