Beef stock: Kilkenny shoppers set to feel effects of protests
By COLIN BARTLEY
KILKENNY shoppers are about to feels the effects of the beef crisis after a supermarket announced they are having difficulties sourcing Irish meat supplies.
Aldi today announced they will be re-labelling some Irish beef as “processed in the UK” due to the ongoing crisis in the Irish beef industry.
The German supermarket giant said ongoing blockades of meat processors, including at two plants in Kilkenny – Dawn Meats in Grannagh and ABP Foods in Ferrybank – is creating “industry-wide availability issues for Irish beef.”
Aldi confirmed some of its Irish beef and pork suppliers have sent their Irish beef and pork products to the UK to be processed.
An Aldi spokesperson the Irish Independent: “This is clearly reflected on our products’ packaging. We have also placed notices in our stores to ensure our customers are fully aware of the situation.”
Just this week, Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the umbrella group representing the meat processors, confirmed 3,000 people working for their members have been temporarily laid off.
Efforts by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to get all industry stakeholders involved in the crisis to resume talks have so far failed.