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Company History

Today, Moy Park is a billion pound business operating across several countries; however, it began life as a modest farming company in 1943 in Moygashel, a small village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, with interests in many aspects of farming including dairy, potatoes and egg production. Producing chickens for eating was actually just an incidental part of egg production with the male laying birds being processed and sold to the supermarkets as frozen whole chickens!

Click on the dates below to see information on what happened within Moy Park in that year.

  • 2021

    Moy Park has had its commitment to achieving net zero emissions validated by the SBTi.

    Moy Park announced the Alzheimer’s Society as its official charity partner for the next two years.

    We celebrated after receiving three internationally recognised awards for demonstrating high health and safety standards. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awarded Moy Park the Gold Award for the seventh consecutive year, as well as the Fleet Safety Gold Medal for the sixth year, and the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy.

    The company has launched two new learning and development programmes, which have been rolled out across its Finance and HR teams. As well as providing upskilling and reskilling opportunities, each Academy offers regular workshops (face-to-face and virtual), bite-sized e-Learning, and a variety of online and video resources. Participants will also benefit from full access to an internal mentoring and coaching programme.

    Moy Park has received globally recognised certification for soyabean traceability. The Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard from the Round Table on Responsible Soya Association (RTRS) recognises Moy Park’s Northern Ireland supply chain - from source right through to customer.

    Moy Park placed the largest single order of IVECO natural gas trucks in the UK, committing to mass decarbonisation of our transport operation with 50 Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) IVECO Stralis NP, IVECO UK’s largest single order of gas trucks.

    We launched our GB LGV Driver Apprenticeship scheme for those looking to ‘change gear’ and begin an exciting new career with an award-winning food company.

    Congratulations to our Technical and R&D Director Europe, Ursula Lavery, who has been awarded an Associateship from CARAS, for her research on biosecurity, animal health and performance.

    During 2021 Moy Park has donated 16.5 tonnes of fresh surplus chicken to FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity.

    Moy Park is funding the training of adult social care workers, who will provide nursing and specialist care for young people, adults and the elderly, including specialist dementia care. The company has agreed to transfer £165,000 from its apprenticeship levy fund, enough to support potentially 40 NHS apprenticeships.

  • 2020


    • Recognised with the RoSPA Gold Occupational Health & Safety and Gold Fleet Safety Awards.


    • The Craigavon site now boasts some of the most efficient and modern manufacturing technology available, including packaging technology, inline failsafe calibration capability, a new high-volume inspection line and added advanced chilling equipment.


    • Zero waste to landfill position was maintained throughout the year and food waste reduced by more than 1,000 tonnes in 2020; and

    • Achieved the top level ‘Platinum’ result in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey for the eighth consecutive year.

    • Moy Park together with its partners Queen’s University Belfast and JF McKenna, has been successful in attracting funding from Innovate UK to develop their £250,000 ‘Ideal Home’ project. With a life span of over 30 years, a poultry house presents a significant investment for farmers. The ‘Ideal Home’ project will focus on animal health and welfare while improving heating, ventilation, lighting and feeding systems through energy efficient and sustainable solutions.

    Employee development:

    • Moy Park on-line academy with over 1,000 e-learning modules;

    • Launch of Commercial and Technical Academies with Finance, HR and Agriculture Academies in the pipeline;

    • Partnership with the Leadership Pipeline enabling us to offer learning experiences for our first line leaders;

    • Continuation of Values Workshops, including virtual sessions;

    • Early Careers programmes for graduates and a pilot rotational placement programme with structured development;

    • Expansion of learning resource library and internal mentoring programme; and

    • Succession planning and personal development plans.

    • Women working at Moy Park are to gain access to an industry-leading suite of career development tools and mentoring opportunities thanks to a new strategic partnership with Meat Business Women, the female-led group that champions women in the global meat industry.

    Community engagement:

    • We continued our charity partnership with Marie Curie. Marie Curie is committed to offering the right care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families, whether it’s terminal cancer or any other illness;

    • We donated the equivalent of more than 100,000 meals to FareShare, a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste, distributing this product to charity and community groups across the UK;

    • Launched the Moy Park Community Fund pledging £1 million to support on-the-ground projects of voluntary and community groups and charities in those local communities where our sites are based across Europe;

    • Inspiring young people through our community engagement which supports and develops youth employment in the economy through training and education outreach, bursaries, scholarships, work placements and experiences; and

    • Partnered with Enactus UK in developing a network of socially minded young leaders of the future to create a better, more sustainable world.

    • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust made the decision to temporarily change Grantham and District Hospital into a Green site, meaning that it can be used to treat urgent surgical and cancer patients from across Lincolnshire who had been waiting for their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Gonerby Road Health Clinic facility was donated to the Lincolnshire NHS by Moy Park, who have also helped develop the facilities and enhance the grounds to provide improved car parking.

    • The Chicken Run is where we deliver our products to doorsteps across Northern Ireland and GB. Moy Parks aim is to call on people to nominate someone they know who is deserving of a visit from the ‘Chicken Run’ van – and the winning nominees will receive a food box with enough Moy Park chicken to make six meals for a family. The chicken run food boxes contain a range of different products including a whole chicken, chicken fillets, breaded and ready to eat chicken – there will be something for everyone.

    • Moy Park’s culinary team in Craigavon has turned its new product development kitchen into a production line, and is creating 1,000 healthy, nutritious meals a week to be distributed by The Resource Centre Derry (RCD) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • The meals we have provided can all be quickly heated up at home and have been made fresh by our culinary team on-site


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