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Kepak Group

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Meat

About the company

Kepak is one of Ireland's leading meat producers with 12 manufacturing facilities across Ireland and the UK, employing over 4,500 people with a turnover of €1.5bn. Meat craft and sustainability are key pillars of the company's heritage, which has grown from humble beginnings as a butcher shop founded in Dublin's Liberties in 1979. For over 50 years, farmers have trusted Kepak to process and market their livestock in a respectful way. Kepak believe that sustainability should not be a sideline effort. It should be part of everything it does, a way of doing the job every day. As a founding member of Origin Green, Kepak acknowledge that there has never been a more crucial time to act against climate change. As a business, Kepak commits to working with industry peers to ensure it minimises its impact on the environment, whilst safeguarding animal welfare and producer livelihoods.


Spotlight Target Area: Biodiversity
Protecting and enhancing biodiversity around the company’s sites and farms of
suppliers is a key component of Kepak’s agriculture pillar. Kepak is a founding
member of the Irish Business & Biodiversity platform and a supporter of the All-Ireland
Pollinator plan. Together with Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Research Council,
Kepak has funded pioneering research to enhance pollinator diversity. As part of
this project, Kepak designated biodiversity champions at site level who conduct and
monitor biodiversity. Treatment plots have been established in short and long grass
meadows, with wildflower and herb beds nestled in green areas surrounding Kepak
sites, becoming home to native Irish honeybees. The company conducted biodiversity
research at Kepak Farm which acts as a knowledge transfer centre for implementing
farm friendly biodiversity actions via its partner farming network. Kepak is also an
operational partner of the BRIDE valley biodiversity project. The project aims to
design and implement a results-based approach to conserve, enhance and restore
habitats in lowland intensive farmland.

Case Study 2021