Background and Partners

Developing innovative solutions to industry problems is the bedrock of any dynamic and robust economy. Anyone familiar with the agri-food industry will be well aware of the challenges faced by companies in a fiercely competitive environment. Businesses hit by soaring energy prices, waste disposal costs, and a changing legislative framework have been forced to rethink how they operate. That was the situation confronting Linden Foods, Dunbia and Fane Valley, three significant players in the Northern Ireland agri-food industry. Together they employ almost 3,000 staff locally and have a combined turnover in excess of £300m, serving most of the main UK retail multiples and several blue chip European customers. Whilst each company processes and subsequently markets different beef, lamb, pork and dairy products to UK and European markets, they have a common challenge in dealing with the organic waste they produce, such as animal by-products and food processing waste. In 2005 Linergy was established with shareholdings by the three companies to provide an innovative solution to what was an increasingly onerous problem. Operating from a state-of-the-art rendering facility in Granville Industrial Estate in Dungannon, Linergy uses animal by-products and fallen farm animals to produce renewable biomass fuels, tallow oil and meat and bone meal.

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Linden Foods was established in the 1980s and is located at Granville Industrial Estate. The company processes beef and lamb for exporting across the UK and Europe. Clients include Marks and Spencer, Bookers, Supervalu and Albert Heijn. The majority shareholder in Linden is Fane Valley Co-Op Society.

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Dunbia is a privately owned company which was established in the 1980s and is one of the key businesses located at Granville Industrial Estate in Dungannon. It produces fresh beef, lamb and pork for UK and EU markets, and is a leading supplier of top quality meat products to Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Iceland.

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Fane Valley was established in 1903 and is owned by around 2,000 local farmer shareholders. The company has a turnover in excess of £110 million and employs over 1,250 people across the island of Ireland. Fane Valley produces dairy products, breakfast cereals, animal feed and farm requisites for customers throughout the UK and Ireland. It also trades in major export markets for dairy products.

Fact File: Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston was appointed as Managing Director of Linergy Ltd in August 2016. He has been working in the agri food industry for more than 20 years. His most recent position was Retail Operations Director with Linden Foods and has previously been Financial Director of O’Kane Poultry and Linden


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