Moy Park

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Moy Park
IndustryFood processing
Area served
Key people
Janet McCollum, Chief Executive[1]

Moy Park is the largest poultry meat producer in Northern Ireland (also produces poultry in England and one of the 15 biggest food companies in the United Kingdom.[3] Moy Park is the largest employer in Northern Ireland, with 6,300 employees and a further 5,400 in Great Britain, 800 in France, 100 in the Netherlands and around 50 in the Republic of Ireland.[2]

The company was founded in 1943 in the village of Moygashel near Dungannon; it continues to have a factory in Dungannon.[4]

The company supplies supermarkets like Asda and fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Burger King.[2] Brands include:[3]

  • Moy Park Chicken
  • O'Kane (breaded and ready to eat products)
  • Castle Lea (ready to eat products)
  • Moy Park Foodservice (frozen poultry)
  • Kitchen Range Foods (frozen desserts, meat free and gluten free foods)
  • Albert Van Zoonen (snack products)
  • Orléans (meat processing)
  • McLarnon Feeds (animal feeds)

In September 2015, the company was sold by one Brazilian food processing company, Marfrig, to another, JBS S.A., for almost £1 billion.[2]

A £20 million investment in Moy Park’s Dungannon facility was announced in late 2015.[5] The investment will increase production at Dungannon from 1.3 million to 2.3 million birds per week.[5]

In March 2016, the company announced it would be investing £4 million at its Seagoe site in Craigavon to increase production of cooked chicken.[6]

Prior to the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, the company's Chief Executive, Janet McCollum, said that the UK should remain within the European Union.[1] The company has used the freedom of movement within the EU to employ over 1,000 workers from countries such as Lithuania, Poland and Portugal at its Northern Ireland facilities.[1] After the UK voted to leave the EU, the company announced that it planned to move its headquarters to the Republic of Ireland.[7]

In September 2017, JBS sold Moy Park to Pilgrim's Pride for £1 billion; JBS owns 79% of Pilgrim's Pride.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Canning, Margaret (2016-03-01). "Brexit: Europe is our market, insists Moy Park boss". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  2. ^ a b c d Canning, Margaret (2015-09-29). "Moy Park taken over by JBS in Northern Ireland's biggest ever food deal at £988m". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  3. ^ a b "About Moy Park". Moy Park. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  4. ^ Graham Ruddick and Ashley Armstrong (16 August 2014). "Poultry giant Moy Park cooking up London flotation". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2017.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)>
  5. ^ a b Forde, Amy (2015-08-20). "Moy Park Dungannon marks 40 years with £20m investment". AgriLand Media Limited. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  6. ^ "Moy Park invest £4m in Seagoe factory". Portadown Times. 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-03-12. Moy Park are investing £4 million in their facilities at Seagoe Industrial Estate to enhance their ‘ready to eat’ cooked chicken production.
  7. ^ "Dungannon's biggest employer has Brexit contigency plans including new headquarters in the South". Tyrone Times. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  8. ^ Julian O'Neill (11 September 2017). "NI-based poultry firm Moy Park sold for £1bn". BBC News. Retrieved 11 September 2017.