One of the important steps for IFL Group has been to develop processing options in support of the ‘integrated’ approach to business. It has been a logical step to introduce our own processing sites as this has allowed IFL to retain control of the process beyond the farm based steps of genetics, breeding, weaning, growing and finishing.

The Fresh Meats NZ Ltd (ME77) is a Halal and Export Certified Ovine processing facility located in Napier, New Zealand. Operating the Fresh Meats plant has allowed us to develop the capability to design value added products targeted to a specific customer use. We use minimal mechanical machinery allowing us to take a more hand crafted approach and a flexibility that some larger producers are not able to achieve. The primary intent at Fresh Meats NZ is for the end consumer to enjoy eating our Lamb and know that our products taste great, year round.

Fresh Meats plant has a customised Food Control Plan meeting MPI, Asure Quality and British Retail Consortium (BRC) Third Party Auditor expectations and the 3 leading Overseas Market Access Requirements based on HACCP principles.

Through processing IFL has been able to develop a specification link that extends to the market place. Equally, we are now able to focus on our customer needs and to drive this specification back down through the chain.