Ireland-based meat processor Dawn Meats has reached an agreement to buy HR Jasper & Son, an England-based lamb slaughterer, through its Northern Ireland division, Dunbia.
The Cornish family slaughterhouse employs 90 people. All staff will continue to work there after the deal, Dunbia said.
HR Jasper & Son, founded in 1930, processes up to 10,000 lambs per week and sells them to the wholesale, retail, food service and export markets.
Niall Browne, CEO of Dunbia, said: “The reputation and demand for high quality West Country lamb is growing both in Britain and across Europe and we look forward to continuing to work with Cornish and South West farmers to promote this excellent product. to new and existing customers.
This deal with the lamb business follows on from Dawn Meats’ previous purchase of the Jasper beef slaughterhouse in Treburley, Cornwall, in 2014.
“We have a proud history of providing excellent service to both our growers and customers, and now that the family has passed on the business, we are confident that Dunbia will continue that tradition,” said Keith Jasper, Jasper Company CEO.
“We have been doing business with Dunbia for many years. It is a family business like ours and has previous experience acquiring and developing businesses in the West Country. Our family looks forward to continuing to work with Dunbia on the site.”
Financial details were not disclosed by either party.
Dunbia joined Dawn Meats when the latter took full control of a UK joint venture in July 2020.