Dungannon man and Chief Executive of the very successful Dunbia company, Jim Dobson OBE, has received two industry honours in recent weeks.
Mr Dobson has been admitted into the Worshipful Company of Butchers and clothed as a Liveryman of the City of London, making him a Freeman of the City of London.
And he has also been appointed an Associate of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society in recognition of distinguished achievements in the agricultural industry.
“The Worshipful Company of Butchers and the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society are two highly prestigious organisations representing the two industries in which Dunbia operates – butchery and agriculture,” he said.
“I am honoured and humbled to have been admitted into the inner workings of both institutions and am committed to playing an active role to represent and promote both industries to the best of my ability.”
His company has 11 meat processing facilities across the UK and Ireland, employing over 4,000 people. It has partnerships with over 22,000 beef, sheep and pig farmers and lists some of Europe’s top retailers and food service companies among its customers.
“Dunbia has a long association with both institutions which are steeped in history and tradition and have at their heart the development and betterment of their respective industries.
“The Balmoral Show, is an excellent showcase for the Northern Ireland agricultural industry and continues to go from strength to strength while the Worshipful Company of Butchers is committed to charitable and educational work.
He added: “I am proud to say that employees from Dunbia have won the Best Meat Processing Student award through the Worshipful Company for four years in a row.”