We’re lovin’ it: Major Waterford employer and McDonald’s beef supplier welcomes re-opening
A leading Waterford food producer has welcomed the news that McDonald’s will reopen its fast food restaurants across Ireland and Europe this weekend.
Dawn Meats, one of Waterford’s largest employers, processes beef at its plant at Carrolls Cross for McDonald’s outlets across Europe.
The plant was forced to cease production for McDonald’s on March 18 as the pandemic hit, and has remained inactive for the past two months.
However, Dawn Meats was able to redeploy all 50 affected employees to other parts its business to cater for the increased demand from Irish retail customers and a surge in online meat sales.
In a statement, Dawn Meats confirmed these staff members “will now return to the McDonald’s plant in accordance with enhanced protocols”.
Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne CEO said: “The reopening of Carrolls Cross is great news for staff and our supplier farmers, and an important confidence boost for all who have been affected by the closure of restaurants and the loss of the associated production.
“We are particularly pleased that we have been able to maintain secure employment for all staff, thereby ensuring our ability to swiftly restart production as restaurants reopen on a phased basis as planned.”