ABP triumph with two Green Awards gongs for sustainability

The company was founded by Larry Goodman, one of Louth's richest men

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ABP triumph with two Green Awards gongs for sustainability

Pictured receiving the award from Gavin Whitaker are John Durkan, Head of Sustainability ABP and Barry O’Donovan Sustainability Manager ABP.

Ardee-based ABP, one of Europe’s leading agri-business companies, was a double winner at the Annual Green Awards, which took place last week in Dublin. 

The company awarded the Green Large Organisation of the Year and while they also picked up the Sustainable Water Achievement Award. The awards recognise ABP as a clear industry leader when it comes to sustainable practices and environmental initiatives.

Representing ABP Group at the award ceremony at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin on Tuesday February 20th were Head of Sustainability John Durkan and the companies Sustainability Manager Barry O’Donovan.

Speaking afterwards, Durkan remarked, "Targets are one thing, results are another and these awards once again demonstrate the tangible impact of our sustainability initiatives across our supply chain.

"At this time hundreds of innovative sustainability initiatives are taking place across all of our sites in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and it is great to be recognised for the work we are undertaking.

"Furthermore, the awards are testament to the hard work and commitment of our colleagues across the business in Ireland and internationally in striving for sustainable excellence.”

Sustainability is a key priority right across ABP Food Group. In October 2017, the company was recognised for its exceptional performance in water management across all of its processing sites, at the annual Carbon Trust Sustainability Conference in London.

Also last year, ABP Food Group became the first company globally to receive quadruple certification from the Carbon Trust for the third time. The Carbon Trust has been working with ABP for over six years, as the company has striven towards excellence in its sustainability standards.

ABP Food Group, founded by Ardee man Larry Goodman, is one of Europe’s leading privately owned agribusiness companies. It is the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK, with offices based on Castle Street in Ardee.

The company also operates substantial renewable, pet food and protein divisions. ABP Food Group employs 10,000 people and has 46 manufacturing plants in Ireland, UK, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Holland, France and Spain. ABP Food Group is a founding member of Origin Green.

Launched in 2008, the Green Awards recognise the extraordinary contribution and commitment that companies now make towards growing a greener future in Irish business today. The Green Awards is a leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation in best green practice in Ireland.