The purpose of the meeting, which was arranged by Diane Dodds MEP as part of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland by Mr Pim Van Ballekom, Vice President of European Investment Bank, was to give the European Financial leader an insight into the developments and challenges of the pork industry in Northern Ireland.
Dunbia Deputy Chief Executive Mr Tony O’Neill welcomed Mr Van Ballekom and commented: “It is a huge honour for Dunbia to host the Vice President of the European Investment Bank to the Pig Innovation Centre and outline developments for the NI pork industry. There have been many positive developments recently. In January, Dunbia was the first company to export NI pork to India and we are currently waiting on final approval for exports to China.”
Producer Malcolm Keys added: “The Pig Innovation Centre is an excellent example of the producer, processor and retailer working together for the betterment of the pork industry. It is essentially an investment in the future so it was hugely important that we could present this to the Vice President of the European Investment Bank. There have been some significant developments in the NI pork industry recently but there is much more to be done. Engaging with institutions such as the European Investment Bank is all part of building the future.”