A LOOK INSIDE KEPAK’S 2021 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
We at Kepak believe that sustainability should not be a side-line effort. It should be part of everything we do, a way of doing our job every day. We have a heritage that is rooted in sustainable development, via a lean manufacturing approach and company values that were established by our founder Noel Keating. Today we are driven by our company purpose of ‘Meat at our heart, innovation our driver, nutrition our future’ and our sustainability strategy Kepak CORE, which is our blueprint for sustainable growth.
Traditional Easter Leg of Lamb
Celebrate Easter and the coming of spring with a traditional roast leg of lamb paired with potatoes, carrots, peppers and red onions. Selected for it’s delicate flavour, it is the perfect Easter treat and suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Kepak shortlisted for prestigious international marketing award
Kepak is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious International Marketing Award at the nation’s premier marketing event, the All-Ireland Marketing Awards (AIMs).
Through this nomination, the Kepak team behind the Rustlers brand has been recognised for the innovative, perception-altering ‘Better Than You Think’ campaign.
Rustlers, which is owned by Kepak, is one of the largest Irish-owned food brands with a presence across Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Holland complimenting a significant UK presence where it has a retail sales value of more than £115.4m.
Classic Reuban Grilled Sandwich
Just because the St Patrick’s Day parades are cancelled, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home. Why not spice up your St Patrick’s Day by recreating this traditional Rueben sandwich? The Rueben sandwich is a classic American deli favourite, both incredibly satisfying and filling.
KEPAK BOOSTS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN THROUGH NEW PARTNERSHIP
Women working at Kepak will gain access to an industry-leading suite of career development tools and mentoring opportunities as part of a new strategic partnership with Meat Business Women, the female-led group that champions women in the global meat industry.
As a sponsor and strategic partner, Kepak secures priority access to Meat Business Women’s programme of events, networking opportunities, and mentorship schemes. It will also provide expertise and input into the group’s strategic direction and support its wider ambition of raising the profile of women in the meat industry.
People Spotlight: Elaine Bourke, Innovation
As part of our #IWD2021 series, we’d like to introduce you to our Innovation Director, Elaine Bourke. Elaine works tirelessly to make sure @KepakGroup remains one step ahead of the game.
People Spotlight: Victoria Antoniades, Health & Nutrition
Ahead of #IWD2021, we spoke to Victoria Antoniades, Head of Marketing for Kepak Meat Division about her role within Kepak Group and her passion for Health & Nutrition. You can find out more about Victoria and her career with Kepak here.
People Spotlight: Kate O’Driscoll, Sustainability
Meet Kate, she leads the sustainability strategy for Kepak Group, where she helps to protect our environment. Kate spoke to us as part of our #IWD2021 series. Find out more about Kate and her role as Group Head of Sustainability.
Passion for Food Series: Braised Beef
Our braised beef recipe is packed with classical flavours from ingredients that have been sourced locally, promoting regenerative farming. Not only does this recipe provide a delicious family meal, it also helps increase your vegetable intake making it a wholesome nutritious dinner option. Check it out right here.
Passion for Food Series: Slow Roast Feather Blade of Beef
Feather blade is a long cut of beef from the shoulder of the animal. Cooked for several hours in beef stock, the meat becomes beautifully soft and tender. Feather blade beef offers several nutritional benefits as it is high in protein and contains eight essential vitamins and minerals. Check out our recipe for feather blade beef right here!
Kepak Group Covid 19 Update
Kepak Group is designated as an essential service provider, ensuring that there is an adequate and quality supply of food available to customers and consumers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Our factories, therefore, have remained safely operational, since restrictions began in March.
At Kepak, the health and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers is our top priority. As such, since early March, we have implemented a wide and comprehensive range of Covid-19 control measures, including physical distancing and additional hygiene protocols, at all of our 13 locations across Ireland and the UK.
The Group has also established a Covid-19 Response Team at each of its sites, tasked with implementing the wide-ranging protocols and control measures to protect our employees who are officially designated as essential workers.
Passion for Food Series: BEEF WELLINGTON
Whether you want to show off the cooking skills you gained over the last number of months or are looking for an alternative Christmas centrepiece, our Beef Wellington recipe is the one for you! Beef Wellington consists of fillet steak coated in duxelle and wrapped in Parma ham and puff pastry. Our recipe celebrates the tenderness of fillet beef and is one of those ultimate blowout dishes that hits the right spot several times in one meal.
Passion for Food Series: HOMEMADE SPICY SAUSAGE ROLLS
This year presented us with enough challenges. Why not simplify your festive feast by selecting dishes that can be prepared well in advance? Our sausage rolls give you a head start as they are suitable for batch cooking and freezing. Sausage rolls are a firm family favorite and an easy Christmas appetizer.
Passion for Food Series: Festive Porchetta
Looking for an alternative festive dinner this year, why not try our impressive Porchetta masterpiece? Porchetta is a savoury, fatty and boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. It is stuffed with garlic and herbs to give an utterly sublime flavour. This Porchetta will feed the whole family and leftovers work great in sandwiches!
Passion for Food Series: Mexican Steak Carne Asada
Carne Asada is tender grilled beef full of authentic Mexican flavour. This dish is all about the bold marinade. Our recipe provides a fresh, savory marinade that’s rich in spices, herbs and bright citrus flavors. Pair our Carne Asada with burritos, quesadillas or tacos for the ultimate Mexican feast!
Passion for Food Series: Moroccan Lamb Tagine
Our Moroccan Lamb Tagine is inspired by the classic flavors of North African cuisine. Our recipe is packed with tender lamb, aromatic spices and sweet apricots, creating a deep and flavorful meal. This Moroccan Lamb Tagine allows you to taste world flavors from your own home.
Passion for Food Series: Seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Soup
It’s that time of the year again, where we get to enjoy our seasonal, spiced pumpkin soup! Leftover pumpkin needn’t go to waste and can be incorporated into a nutritious and soothing soup. The hint of spice gives this smooth and silky soup an extra kick. This spiced pumpkin soup is the perfect lunch option when working from home as it is healthy, quick and easy to prepare and is suitable for freezing.
Kepak Targets Welsh Apprenticeships to Upskill Its Workforce
Kepak has signed up to the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Programme to upskill and develop its workforce, upskilling 50 staff in the first phase of apprenticeships, increasing to around 100 staff within a year.
Our long-term aim is to offer an apprenticeship framework to all our employees at Merthyr Tydfil as there is a particular need to attract and develop skilled butchers who are in short supply across the UK meat industry.
Kepak Group wins 8 awards at annual Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards
Now in its 13th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards, is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2500 products were entered into the competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories, we’re excited to announce that Kepak Group has claimed eight awards at this year’s prestigious Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, including the ‘Best in County’ supplier award for Cork.
Passion for Food Series: One-Pot Lamb & Rice Bake
Our lamb & rice bake is deliciously comforting, nutritious and suitable for the whole family to enjoy. This quick-to-prepare recipe is ideal for those of you who want a nutritious meal without the fuss. Best of all, this lamb & rice bake is cooked using only one pot. Reduce your clean up and batch cook for the week ahead.
Kepak secures USDA approval to distribute UK beef products in the US
We are delighted to announce that Kepak Group have been awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for the supply, marketing and distribution of premium beef products into the US market from its UK St Merryn, Merthyr Tydfil site. This USDA approval will see Kepak’s UK grass-fed, fully traceable and hormone-free beef products being marketed and distributed to the foodservice and retail sectors across the US.
Fall-Off-the-Bone: Slow Cooked Asian Short Rib
Our Asian short ribs are the ultimate indulgent treat. Whether you love exploring unique continental tastes or are seeking convenience, this recipe will meet all your needs. Minimum preparation and cooking skills are required to create these deluxe ribs. The short ribs are brushed with a sticky Asian marinade exciting all your taste buds and creating a restaurant eating experience from home.
Cosy-up! Red Lentil & Smoked Bacon Soup
As we approach Autumn, the days are getting colder and warm soothing meals are high in demand. This Red Lentil and Smoked Bacon Soup ticks every box! It’s warm, filling, nutritious, easy to prepare, it’s got large serving sizes and convenient. Check out our recipe for the ultimate cosy, cuddle-up soup!
Flavour-full: Chili and Lime Pork Stir Fry
A healthy diet doesn’t always have to be about restricting yourself! The food you enjoy everyday can be altered to suit your individual preferences and requirements. It’s also very important to make your meals as enjoyable as possible in order to maintain a sustainable, healthy diet. This chili and lime pork stir-fry recipe ticks all the boxes of a well-balanced nutritious meal whilst also offering convenience and nutritional benefits. It’s also jam-packed with delicious flavour!
Check it out now!
NATIONAL BURGER DAY GOES VIRTUAL IN AID OF SIMON COMMUNITIES AROUND IRELAND
National Burger Day pivots online, and with every burger purchased and shared online a meal will be donated to Simon Communities around Ireland.
The day that burger lovers across Ireland have been waiting for is returning. On Thursday 25th June, National Burger Day, sponsored by Kepak, Flipdish and Blenders is going virtual – encouraging Irish burger enthusiasts to come together online, share a burger, celebrate everything that we love about burgers, and champion the food heroes feeding Ireland during lockdown!
In addition, for every burger purchased from your local burger joint and photo shared online, National Burger Day will provide a meal to Simon Communities Around Ireland. So, not only does every burger you buy support your local food businesses but also provides a meal to those who need it most.
Roast Chicken, the Perfect Wholesome Meal
The Perfect Wholesome Meal
As the current pandemic has caused a lot of us to become more health conscious, we are focusing this week’s Passion for Food on Roast Chicken and how to stretch this into two meals to feed the whole family.
The current pandemic has caused a lot of us to become more health conscious. While many foods are high in one or two nutrients, it’s important to look at the whole foods’ nutrient profile to achieve a balanced diet. This prevents overeating as we can meet the recommended nutrient intake requirements by consuming a smaller volume of food and is also benefits food waste and food security.
Spice Up Lunchtime – Thai Beef Salad
As we are now eating three meals at home during the week, it can be hard to come up with new lunch and dinner ideas. We’ve focused this week on a dish that can be incorporated into both lunch and dinner options.
Beef is not always something that is considered for a lunchtime meal but our Thai Beef Salad is an easy to prepare, light, a balanced meal containing a multitude of vitamins and minerals. This dish draws on the fresh flavours of Thai cuisine combining Chilli, lime, ginger and garlic to create a tasty, nutritious, quick but flavour-packed dish that brings steak alive at your lunch table!
Passion for Food Series: Homemade Burgers
Homemade Burgers Anyone?
There’s a hint of summer on the horizon with the sunshine and long days so this week, we are looking at Homemade Burgers. This simple homemade burger recipe is one the whole family will enjoy. We topped our burger off with bacon, gherkins and burger sauce but why not build your burger, your way!
Passion for Food Series: Scrumptious Steak Sandwich
How to make the perfect steak sandwich!
This week, we have crafted our Signature Steak Sandwich for you to enjoy. Our delicious Signature Steak Sandwich is topped off with rocket, sautéed mushrooms that are full of immune-boosting vitamin B, caramelised onions and horseradish mayonnaise. Remember you can substitute any of these ingredients to suit your preference!
Passion for Food Series: Slow Cooked Rib Broth
As a consequence of the current times, we’re all spending a lot more time at home and especially in our kitchens for fuel, sustenance and in some instances as an activity.
At Kepak we are passionate about food and produce wonderfully versatile products across all our sites of which these products are enjoyed each day. Each week we will be bringing you a variety of new dishes for you to try at home!
This week we are looking at how to create the perfect, soul-nourishing Slow Cooked Rib Broth.
Kepak backing Meath Ladies Gaelic Football Association
At Kepak Group we are delighted to announce a significant sponsorship deal with Meath Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) until the end of the 2022 season.
Kepak has been headquartered in Clonee, Co. Meath since the foundation of the company in 1981 and we remain committed and active in the local community. This sponsorship represents a new phase in our strong history with Gaelic games in Meath; Kepak and Meath GAA enjoyed one of the longest and most successful relationships in Gaelic football, featuring a 14-year sponsorship of the men’s team.
Our new partnership with Meath LGFA underscores Kepak’s commitment to supporting local communities, providing Meath LGFA with essential funding which will positively impact teams at every level. The agreement means our logo will reappear on Meath county jerseys and on new branding at Páirc Tailteann in Navan.
Kepak announce Welsh Black cattle scheme
Partnership with Welsh Black Cattle Society to provide a premium to suppliers
Kepak Group has today announced an exclusive scheme which will provide a premium to suppliers of quality Welsh Black cattle.
Kepak’s Welsh Black Beef Club, in partnership with the Welsh Black Cattle Society, will be based on the quality and sustainable supply of Welsh Black beef and promote the further development of the breed.
The scheme will be available from January 2020 to producers who can supply Welsh Black cattle that meet Kepak’s quality standards, including defined specifications and criteria yet to be confirmed.
A Look Inside Kepak’s 2019 Sustainability Report
Sustainability is More Important Now Than Ever Before
So, for a business that has grown from seven to 14 manufacturing sites across Ireland and the UK, and to offices worldwide, we’re well aware that it’s so important that we have a strong and robust sustainability strategy – one that ensures Kepak is doing its part across the whole value chain and beyond, from local communities to the wider world. We want to lead by example and that’s what you’ll see in our newly launched 2019 Sustainability Report.
“We at Kepak believe that sustainability should not be a side-line effort,” says Kate O’ Driscoll, Kepak’s Head of Sustainability, “It should be part of everything we do, a way of doing our job every day.”
Kepak Group Serving up ‘Sunday Roast’ to Those Affected by Homelessness
Kepak Group is pleased to announce it is to supply enough meat to table a ‘Sunday Roast’ to those affected by homelessness supported by the Simon Community at the charity’s primary city locations over the next year.
As part of its ‘Sunday Roast’ campaign, which was launched today by former ‘MasterChef’ judge Nick Munier, Kepak will be delivering a range of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to Simon Community locations across Dublin, Cork and Limerick once a week for 12 months.
Kepak secures USDA approval to distribute Irish beef burgers in US
Irish brand becomes first European meat processor to access US burger market
Kepak Group has become the first ever European meat processor to be awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for the supply, marketing and distribution of Irish beef in a value-added format of beef burgers into the US market.
The approval announced today at Anuga, the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages in Cologne, Germany, secures access for Kepak to the US beef burger market which is currently valued at over $122bn.
Kepak wins an outstanding 16 awards at the annual World Steak Challenge
Kepak Group has claimed a staggering 16 awards at the fifth-annual World Steak Challenge.
Kepak triumphed on home soil over stiff competition, not only from Ireland but from large beef-producing countries around the globe, as this year’s competition saw entries from 24 different nations, representing the biggest field of contestants in the competition’s history.
Welsh lamb producers showcase their skills as carcass event returns to St Merryn
St Merryn lamb producers once again had the opportunity to showcase their livestock selection skills as Kepak reinstated the lamb carcass competition at their site in Merthyr Tydfil last Tuesday (18th June).
The Hunt Is On For Ireland’s Best Burger
New research reveals that 70% of people believe Irish beef burgers are the best in the world *
It’s that time of year again, when burger-lovers across Ireland cast their votes to make the ultimate decision – who has Ireland’s best burger? Irish burger enthusiasts are being asked to cast their vote for their favourite burger to help celebrate National Burger Day, sponsored by Kepak, which takes place this year on 20th June.
Irish Food-to-Go market thrives as 72% of adults buy food and drinks to-go regularly
The Irish Food-to-Go market is thriving according to a new study, commissioned by Kepak Group, which has revealed that 99% percent of adults in Ireland have purchased food and drinks to-go.
The statistics show that the demand for food-on-the-go in Ireland is ahead of the market in the UK, where 60% of adults purchase food and drinks to-go on a regular (weekly+ basis) compared to 72% of adults who buy such products regularly in Ireland. And the market demands are increasing, with higher percentages of Irish millennials, Gen Z and Gen X making food-to-go purchases on a regular basis.
Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group launch innovative new Twenty20 Beef Club
Glanbia Ireland (GI) and Kepak Group have today announced an ambitious and innovative new calf-to-beef programme.
The “Twenty20 Beef Club” affords Members a guaranteed market for their heifers and steers with a predictable and transparent pricing formula at time of slaughter; a production blueprint supported by safe and secure high-quality farm inputs and leading-edge technical advice.
For Kepak customers and consumers, the Twenty20 Beef Club will provide a secure and predictable supply of high-quality beef with unrivalled traceability and with the attributes of a “closed loop” supply chain.
Kepak backs first-of-its-kind Food-to-Go Summit
A first-of-its-kind international conference and trade show, supported by Kepak, is set to examine the future of the rapidly growing and evolving Food-To-Go market.
Taking place in the Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on 21 May 2019, the immersive, full-day event will gather together a panel of expert speakers, award-winning retailers and industry specialists. The conference will also include an Exhibitors’ Hall where suppliers will showcase some of the most exciting ideas, innovative concepts and trending products in the Food-To-Go space.
AgraKepak named Food & Beverage Exporter of the Year at Asia Matters Business Awards
AgraKepak, a worldwide export and trading division of Kepak Group, has been named Food & Beverage Exporter…
AgraKepak’s Journey at China’s Biggest Import Expo
Government ministers and officials were briefed on AgraKepak’s success and the development of marketing Irish pork and beef products into Chinese market, at the Bord Bia reception at the 2018 China International Import Expo (CIIE) recently.
At the reception, Jiang Bian and Xiaoming He of AgraKepak presented to Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation; Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture; Sinead McPhillips, Assistant Secretary, Agri-Food Sectoral Policy and Strategy Development; and Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia.
Grab food to go profits with Kepak’s HOT new food concept
As dayparts continue to blur and snacking soars, Kepak is launching its new Goode & Tucker range in response to the growing demand from customers for hot grab-and-go options. The new range launches today (8 November 2018) at the IGD Food To Go Conference.
As a market leader in foodservice and the chilled convenience category, Kepak is bringing its experience and expertise to the food-to-go market with a ‘Foodvenience’ concept that blurs the lines between foodservice and retail.
Kepak beefs up CSR programme with meaty Simon Community partnership
Kepak to provide charity with enough meat for over 45,000 meals.
New partnership will reduce homelessness charity’s meat costs by 30%
Kepak Group is delighted to announce it has partnered with the Simon Community, providing free meat to the homelessness charity.
Over the next four months, Kepak will be delivering a range of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to Simon Community locations across Dublin, Cork and Limerick. During this time, Kepak will donate some 4.2tonnes of meat to the Simon Community, reducing the charity’s meat costs by almost 30%.
Kepak at SIAL Paris 2018
Meet Kepak at SIAL Paris 2018 As We Unveil Our Latest Product Innovations. Come and visit us at Hall 6 Stand H216 to have a try of our latest product innovations: the first-ever Omega 3 enriched beef and our new ‘blended’ burger range in response to growing health & flexitarian trends.
Kepak launch first-ever Omega 3 enriched beef at SIAL
Other new product innovations being unveiled include a range of ‘blended burgers” in response to growing flexitarian trend.
Kepak Group is set to unveil its latest product innovation – the first Omega 3 enriched beef – this week at the influential Global Food Marketplace trade fair, SIAL, in France.
Kepak’s Omega 3 beef innovation was produced through a three-year collaboration with Alltech and is achieved by feeding cattle with a specialised algae supplement during the finishing phase. This means the beef reaches the required level of enrichment for Omega 3 accreditation.
Kepak Eyes Further Expansion into Chinese Market
Did you know that AgraKepak, the international trading division of Kepak Group, has been doing business in China and the rest of the Far East & South East Asia for 15 years?
The growing importance of the Asian markets to the business led Kepak to open its own office in China, located in Shanghai, in 2016. That office is managed & staffed by five Chinese nationals who intimately understand the needs of the Chinese market. AgraKepak’s China team has many years of experience in supplying the market with quality beef, pork, fish, lamb and poultry.
Kepak sweeps up seven awards at Blas na hEireann
Kepak Group has picked up seven awards at this year’s prestigious Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, including a Gold award for its newly launched Centra Irish Angus Sirloin Steaks with Pink Peppercorn Butter.
As one of Europe’s leading food innovators, Kepak was up against the top Irish producers in a range of distinct categories at the country’s biggest competition for quality produce. Now in its 11th year, Blas na hEireann, saw over 2500 products entered across 100 food and drink categories, showcasing the best producers Ireland has to offer.
RUSTLERS Third Level Football season launched
The 2018/19 season for Third Level Football was launched at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday September 24 with sponsors RUSTLERS continuing their promotion of all competitions for the second year.
Over 110 teams are set to put down their books and lace up their boots in the upcoming season of the Colleges and Universities Football League. The first ball is set to be kicked on Tuesday 9th October.