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O’Neill places final brick in European Angus supply chain partner Hannan Meats salt wall

19th June 2013

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neil has marked completion of work on the extension to European Angus supply chain partner Hannan Meats Himalayan salt ageing chamber by placing the final salt brick in the wall.

The chamber, which is the largest of its type in the world, was built to cater for the increase in demand for Hannan’s Himalayan salt aged beef, which includes our very own European Angus beef!
The investment, worth £91,831, was supported by the EU Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme.
Placing the final salt brick, Minister O’Neill said: “This is a tremendous example of how our Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme supports local companies to grow and attract new customers at the upper end of the food market.
“Since 2008 the Department has made awards of £18m to 78 projects under the PMG Scheme. In investment terms this represents capital expenditure of at least £45m by agri-food processing companies into the rural economy.
“I would encourage food businesses wishing to expand to look towards PMG for support and in turn contribute to the economic performance of our agri-food sector.”
During her visit the Minister met with Hannan Meats Managing Director, Peter Hannan and his staff and heard how Hannan’s sells its salt aged beef to high end shops and restaurants. 
She said: “We all know that our beef is of the highest quality and this shows how, with innovative processing and marketing, it can achieve recognition as a world class product in the most discerning markets.
“This is a good news story for everyone involved and one which Hannan Meats and their farmer supply base should be very proud.”

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill places the final salt brick in the wall of Hannan Meats' Himalayan salt ageing chamber as Managing Director, Peter Hannan looks on.

European Angus beef is amongst the quality produce salt aged in the chamber before being sold on to high end shops and restaurants.

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