Ibec has confirmed that Dale Crammond, Agricultural Inspector at the Department of Agriculture, will take up the role of Director of Meat Industry Ireland in January.
Rammond joins Meat Industry Ireland from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine where he has worked in environmental sustainability, trade (as an attaché in Washington, DC) and led national and EU research programs for over 20 years. His work had recently focused on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Sciences from University College Dublin and a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from Trinity College.
His appointment comes after longtime director Cormac Healy announced in May that he was leaving the organization to take up a role as director of Drinks Ireland.
Speaking of his appointment, Mr. Crammond said: “I look forward to leading MII at a time when, despite emerging economic challenges, there are tremendous opportunities for the industry.
“The meat sector in Ireland, from farming to processing and export, is one of the most important indigenous industries in the national economy, supporting more than 120,000 individual farmers and generating a combined turnover of more than €4.5 billion. Rural meat processing plants make an important economic contribution, providing direct employment in many Irish towns and additional additional jobs in distribution, transport and services. Irish beef, pork and lamb are exported and enjoyed by consumers around the world and I look forward to helping the industry build on progress.”
In 2015, MII appointed another senior official, Philip Carroll, to chair the group, which advocates for meat processors, including Larry Goodman-controlled ABP, Dawn Meats, Kepak, Irish Country Meats and Slaney Foods.
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