MP discusses Moy Park growth

Mr Mike Mullan (HR Director Europe), Janet McCollum (Chief Executive) and David Simpson MP
Mr Mike Mullan (HR Director Europe), Janet McCollum (Chief Executive) and David Simpson MP

Upper Bann MP David Simpson this week met with Moy Park Chief Executive Janet McCollum and HR Director Europe Mike Mullan.

The meeting was arranged as part of a series of discussions Mr Simpson has been holding since taking up his new role on the Westminster DEFRA Committee.

Following the meeting Mr Simpson said: “In recent years Moy Park has grown into a well established and integral asset not just for our local economy, but right across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The efforts of Mrs McCollum and her team have provided life time career prospects for many as well as providing a world class standard of food products into the global market.

“With an employment base of over 12,000 people, and relationships built with over 800 farmers, it is vital that coherent efforts are made to sustain the broader plans for the company.

“Like many working within the foods industry; barriers and challenges are faced on a daily basis, and I assured the management of Moy Park that I will use my elected role to assist in tackling these challenges. Growing a business into the new market opportunities is a difficult task and bureaucratic pressures are proving as a deterrent for the foods industry expanding into these new markets. Right across the world, new opportunities for growth are opening up and I have no doubt that the standard of food produce offered by Moy Park will be welcome into the heart of these countries.

“I want to wish the Moy Park team every success with their future plans and I look forward to continuing the strong professional ties we have created.”