Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

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Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market
October 08
11:41 2019

Kepak Group, a  family owned Irish company and one of Europe’s leading food innovators, has become the first ever European meat processor to be awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for the supply, marketing and distribution of Irish beef in a value-added format of beef burgers into the US market. The approval secures access for Kepak to the US restaurant burger market which is currently valued at over $122 billion.

The development follows the successful launch in 2017 of the first Irish beef retail brand in the United States, Kepak’s Celtic Beef Company, and means Irish beef in burger patty format will be available in the United States for the first time. This USDA value added beef patty approval will see Kepak’s grass-fed, fully traceable and hormone free Irish beef being made available to the foodservice and retail sectors with distribution initially focusing on the New York and Boston markets.

John Horgan, Managing Director of Kepak Group, comments: “We are delighted to be the first meat processor in Europe to attain USDA approval for the sale of our high-quality value-added beef burger patties into the US market. This announcement will see Kepak’s renowned Irish beef burger patties made available in pubs and restaurants from Monaghan to Manhattan and Massachusetts. Kepak North America, the group’s sales and marketing office in USA, has been busy growing the sales our Irish beef since the launch of our Celtic Beef Company brand a number of years ago and this new burger range will enhance our foodservice offering and allow us to build upon the tremendous success in retail channels that we have already enjoyed in the region. It is also a commitment by Kepak to add value where possible to Irish meat and to support employment in rural communities ”

Kepak has a turnover of €1.5 billion, employs over 5,000 people andoperates 14 manufacturing facilities throughout Ireland and the UK with sales offices in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. The group markets a broad range of fresh and value-added meat products serving the foodservice and retail market with market leading brands Big Al’s, Rustlers, Stript Snacks, Celtic Beef and John Stone.


Pictured (L-R): Joanne Farrelly, Kepak Head of Sales North America; John Horgan, Managing Director of Kepak; Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture; and Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia.

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