IRELAND, Dublin. The beef and sheep meat processing industry in Ireland received a boost with the launch of Meat Technology Ireland (MTI), a research and innovation program that aims to provide a one-stop shop for meat processing research and technology.
The industry-led initiative is a €8.1 mill., five-year research and innovation initiative co-funded by Enterprise Ireland and a consortium of nine beef and sheep meat processing companies. The companies behind the initiative are ABP Ireland, Ashbourne Meat Processors, Dawn Meats Group, Dunbia (Ireland), Hilton Foods Ireland, Irish Country Meats, Kepak Group, Liffey Meats, and Slaney Foods International.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said MTI will directly support innovation in the agri-food sector and contribute to growth in exports.
The MTI is hosted by the Teagasc Food Research Centre at its facility in Dublin with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin City Univ. (DCU), Univ. College Cork (UCC) and the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF) participating as research providers. John Malone was appointed as chairman of Meat Technology Ireland last October and Dr. John Colreavy was named director.