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UU bids to address skills gap in agri-food industry
U
LSTER University Business
School has enlisted the
help of a global expert
in food marketing, Professor
Thomas Kennedy, as part of
its new Agri-Food Business
Development Centre, aimed at
addressing a shortfall in skills
and encouraging innovation
in Northern Ireland’s biggest
industry.
The agri-food sector
contributes £4 billion to the
local economy and employs
over 21,000 people.
Prof Mark Durkin, Executive
Dean at the university’s
business school, notes that over
40 per cent of those workers do
not have qualifications, which
he says presents challenges for
the industry.
Philadelphia-based Professor
Tom Kennedy, who has 25
years experience with US
agri-food businesses, has
LEFT: Dr Lynsey Hollywood,
Professor Tom Kennedy and
Professor Una McMahon-Beattie.
been brought in as the
centre’s first Entrepreneur in
Residence, helping to forge
ties with industry and mentor
staff, students and industry
professionals in areas such
a marketing and business
strategy.
Professor Mark Durkin,
Executive Dean of Ulster
University Business School, said
the role will fill a “much-needed
gap to help the sector pursue
its aims of achieving sustained
business growth, finding
new markets and creating a
meaningful research agenda.
“Professor Tom Kennedy
is internationally respected
for his expertise in the areas
of food marketing, selling
strategies, agribusiness, supply
chain, food safety and security,
and business strategy and
management,” he said.
“His experience both in
the food industry and as an
educator, including five years
as a Visiting Professor at Ulster
University, will make a major
contribution to enabling our
local government, businesses
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APRIL 03 2014
N
ORTHERN Ireland food processor
Davison Canners has announced a
multi-million pound expansion, which
has helped create 50 jobs.
The family-run firm, which is based at
Portadown in County Armagh, has renovated
its on-site production facilities, invested in
equipment and added additional products as
part of the major investment, supported by
the £3.1 million financial package from HSBC.
The completed expansion has brought all
production in house and staff numbers up
from 10 to 60. The investment has further
enabled Davison Canners to expand its
product range to include a new line of shelf
ready, hot eat desserts for the retail and food
service sectors in Britain, Ireland and further
afield.
Following the investment and launch of the
new dessert range, the business has won
contracts with several high profile retailers
including Booths in the north of England and
Aldi stores in the UK and Ireland.
The deal follows a previous funding
package of £400,000 from HSBC in 2015,
which was invested in a jam, compote and
sauce manufacturing facility on site.
Joint managing director at Davison
Canners, Alan Davison, says the long
relationship with HSBC has enabled the firm
NEWS
58 FARM WEEK
Source:
farm prices
Finished clean cattle
Dard Agricultural Market Report
(pence per kg deadweight)
% change from
Young
Steers
Price
No
66
U2
285
U3
140
U4
525
R3
310
R4
378
O3
165
O4
All Grades 2,318
340.50
337.10
331.70
341.40
340.80
326.60
333.20
330.61
No
Price
15 Mar 14 23 Mar 13
+1.6%
+0.6%
+0.9%
+0.9%
+1.3%
+1.7%
+3.1%
+1.5%
-8.3%
-9.3%
-8.7%
-8.2%
-7.3%
-9.4%
-7.9%
-8.9%
ABOVE: Alan Davison and Graham Davison, joint managing directors of Davison Canners, pictured
with Chris McQuay, deputy area director, HSBC, and Lauren Hughes, relationship manager, HSBC.
to realise its ambitions in becoming a diverse
supplier of quality food products and storage
solutions to a wide customer base
“Our orchards complement the food
production that is now on site, we have full
control over our products and the ability to
innovate further.
“It provides us with a great opportunity
to add further value to our initial product
range of fruit compotes, fillings, jams and
sauces, giving us complete control of our
products from primary processing through
to marketing and point of sale retailing.
“It has allowed for the increase
and improvement in efficiency of the
supply chain and we’re exploring more
opportunities for growth and are excited
about what the future will hold.”
Following diversification and rapid
business growth, turnover is now expected
to double to £10 million next year.
Deputy area director for HSBC in Northern
Ireland, Chris McQuay, hailed Davison
Canners as an “exciting and evolving
business”.
“We’ve supported Davison Canners since
2010 and in this time we’ve seen rapid growth
as the business expands and exports its
products further afield.
“Through diversification Davison Canners
has opened up enormous channels for
growth. It is an exciting and evolving
business that is delivering quality products,
making efficiencies and already reaping
the rewards through winning additional
contracts.”
The funding has been allocated from
HSBC’s national £10 billion SME Fund, with
£100 million specifically designated to
support SMEs in Northern Ireland.
+0.8%
+0.1%
+0.9%
-0.8%
-0.3%
+0.1%
+0.5%
+0.3%
-0.1%
-0.1%
Finished clean sheep
-7.5%
-8.6%
-7.0%
-9.1%
-9.3%
-8.7%
-8.8%
-10.0%
-8.1%
-8.7%
302.80
309.70
315.50
311.80
283.20
292.10
298.02
Cows
No
Price
R3
R4
O2
O3
O4
P2
P3
All Grades
67
89
32
155
141
175
164
1,055
258.70
260.10
223.90
237.70
244.30
187.70
216.20
221.30
-17.5%
-16.8%
-19.2%
-19.0%
-17.9%
-22.3%
-19.9%
-16.5%
+0.7%
+1.6%
-1.6%
+1.2%
+1.0%
-1.5%
+1.7%
-0.2%
-
4,320
421.81
+3.9%
+5.0%
4,320
421.81
+3.9%
+5.0%
Finished clean pigs
Broiler chickens
(pence per kg liveweight)
82.28
Month:
Feb 2014
Type
% change from Jan 14
Price
+4.7%
-3.7%
23.30
-3.2%
-8.6%
2.03
+0.0%
-9.8%
Straw (large round)
17.00
-1.7%
-8.1%
Silage
Cereals
(£ per tonne)
Type
Wheat
Barley
2.89
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
Price
% change from 15 Mar 14
Delivered price as
quoted in HGCA NI
Market Report
% change from 23 Mar 13
190.50
-0.3%
-15.9%
169.50
-0.9%
-18.3%
637
+4.5%
+5.9%
94
200-820
300-400 kg
316
310-1110
766
+3.7%
400-500 kg
367
450-1160
889
+1.5%
Over 500 kg
364
685-1445
1,124
+2.3%
-1.5%
150-300 kg
98
420-750
588
+2.1%
+16.7%
300-400 kg
261
425-915
721
+2.2%
+7.2%
400-500 kg
243
620-1090
874
+3.7%
Over 500 kg
170
Heifers:
+1.9%
+0.2%
Heifers:
-1.7%
660-1410
1,042
+2.7%
-4.8%
Under 200 kg
16
140-445
355
-11.4%
-14.2%
Over 200 kg
268
240-1060
762
+3.6%
320
-16.2%
SUCKLED CALVES
Over 200 kg
255-395
8
Under 200 kg
167
22
Cows/heifers in milk
+9.4%
-18.9%
355-950
650
-2.9%
+4.3%
850-1920
1,388
+3.5%
+13.6%
-
Cows in calf
-
-
-
-
Springing heifers
6
490-600
550
-
-
Cows/heifers & calf at foot
27
900-3600
1,507
+11.1%
+20.9%
Cows in calf
15
780-1310
920
+5.9%
Springing heifers
11
500-1300
921
-
Cull cows for slaughter
285
236-1360
726
+2.0%
+1.6%
Dropped calves for rearing
505
1-440
152
+20.2%
+15.7%
BREEDING SHEEP
Ewes/Hoggets: Blackface/Blackface cross
Other Breeds
41
106
70.00-120.00
50.00-125.00
74.73
96.82
-11.1%
+8.0%
Ewes/Lambs: Blackface/Blackface cross
Other Breeds
14
-
60.00-70.00
-
65.93
-
-
Ewes/Hoggets Blackface/Blackface cross
with Lamb(s) Other Breeds
at Foot:
43
285
50.00-124.00
86.00-214.00
53.12
155.51
+1.2%
+16.0%
325 15.00-100.00
448 17.00-95.00
22 20.00-92.00
77 41.00-86.00
55.39
67.22
63.95
76.05
+5.9%
+3.5%
-0.5%
+10.3%
+7.3%
+18.1%
+6.5%
+19.3%
Sucklers:
OTHER CATTLE
% change from Feb 13
Straw (small square)
Hay (small square)
% change from
13
Av. Price 15 Mar 14 23 Mar
150-300 kg
-5.3%
Hay and straw and silage
(£ per bale)
Steers:
BREEDING CATTLE
Dairy:
% change from 23 Mar 14
+0.1%
Average producer prices
collected from a panel
of livestock marts
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
No. Price Range
Average liveweight producer
prices collected from
poultry slaughterers
% change from 15 Mar 14
Price
-72.9%
Type
+1.5%
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
-70.4%
-10.2%
STORE CATTLE
% change from 23 Mar 13
-1.1%
-12.2%
98.69
Merchant trade
Estimated average deadweight
prices
% change from 15 Mar 14
Price
148.61
-53.6%
84.68
(£ per head)
Steers:
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
(pence per kg deadweight)
-2.4%
Breeding and store livestock
-
All types
135.11
Processing
% change from 23 Mar 13
Hoggets
-
-
-
Washing Sample
Average deadweight prices
collected from both liveweight
and deadweight centres
-
-
15 Mar 14 23 Mar 13
% change from 15 Mar 14
Price
No
Lambs
69
51
52
84
87
69
544
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
(pence per kg deadweight)
Type
U2
U3
R2
R3
O2
O3
All Grades
% change from Feb 13
% change from Jan 14
Price
Type
First earlies
-15.0%
-14.6%
-11.0%
-12.9%
-17.0%
-15.3%
-14.9%
-3.2%
-0.7%
+5.0%
+2.8%
+0.1%
+0.1%
+3.0%
% change from
15 Mar 14 23 Mar 13
347.80
347.30
343.20
335.60
340.70
338.50
319.80
326.40
329.90
334.57
32
U2
140
U3
132
U4
29
R2
295
R3
455
R4
18
O2
179
O3
231
O4
All Grades 1,630
(£ per kg tonne)
15 Mar 14 23 Mar 13
Price
No
Month:
Feb 2014
Potatoes
% change from
Young
Bulls
% change from
Heifers
Average deadweight prices
collected from both liveweight and
deadweight centres
Week ending 22 Mar 2014
OTHER SHEEP
Cull Ewes:
Cull rams
Store lambs
Blackface/Blackface cross
Other Breeds
-6.4%
-
Latest market
prices from
DAERA
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