Now trading as Kepak Poppintree, all 35 jobs were saved by the meat processor, which bought the custom-built facility to scale up its production of value-added beef, lamb and pork.
Referring to the sale, a spokesperson for Moy Park said: “The Dublin facility has been sold to Kepak, one of Ireland’s leading meat producers, which has been the site’s primary customer for a number of years. We believe this is positive news to ensure the continuity of operations at Dublin. We are grateful and thank our colleagues at Dublin for their dedication and commitment to the business as they transfer to Kepak without any changes to their contract.”
Our sister siteMeat Trades Journal reported that Kepak announced plans to acquire the Moy Park Poppintree facility in Dublin at the start of December 2017. The meat processor completed the takeover in the same month.
Kepak would not comment when pressed on its immediate plans for the plant. But a press release on the meat processor’s plan to acquire the Poppintree site in December said the business would plan to “re-energise” marketing for Ireland’s iconic Spice Burger, which was manufactured by Moy Park.
UK-based Moy Park is a subsidiary of US poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride, which acquired the business last year.