Agribusiness Awards -Winners Profile: Dan Mac Sweeney awarded Agribusiness Leader 2017


Dan Mac Sweeney, CEO of the Carbery Group picked up the prestigious Agribusiness Leader 2017 award.

Agribusiness Awards -Winners Profile: Dan Mac Sweeney awarded Agribusiness Leader 2017

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Dan Mac Sweeney, CEO of the Carbery Group picked up the prestigious Agribusiness Leader 2017 award.

Dan Mac Sweeney, CEO of the Carbery Group was presented the Agribusiness Leader 2017 award, sponsored by GS1 Ireland at the recent Agribusiness of the Year Awards.

With a long-standing career behind him, Dan spoke of his delight when receiving the award.

“I feel very honoured to be joining other recipients of the Agribusiness Leader including Aidan Cotter of Bord Bia and Edmond Harty from Dairymaster. These awards are very important to the sector, there are a range of awards tonight and with the inclusion of awards for emerging companies and rising star it gives great encouragement to new companies and it helps them to grow and develop within the industry,” said Dan MacSweeney, CEO of the Carbery Group.

As Chief Executive of the Carbery Group for 25 years, Dan led the expansion of the business taking it to a global stage as a leading multi-national food ingredient company. The company supplies close to 40 international markets, from its successful and diverse portfolio of dairy, nutrition and food ingredients products. Carbey has four west Cork co-ops Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird

Business Developments that Dan & his team led:

  • Creation of the Carbery Group and the development of a market leading multi-national cheese and food ingredient company.
  • Creation of significant shareholder value for Carbery’s shareholders together with the payment of a leading milk price and the creation of significant, highly skilled employment in a rural region.
  • Defined a clear growth strategy for the business to add value to the West Cork milk supply through growing the value in its cheese and dairy ingredients business and investing in new product areas, flavours and natural extracts.
  • Creation of Synergy Flavours. This involved acquisition of two flavour businesses in the UK, three flavour businesses and one natural extracts business in the USA, one flavour business in Brazil and the setting up of a flavour facility in Thailand to serve the South East Asian market.
  • Building a strong and professional team across different geographical regions during this time.

Dan held several other roles in Carbery when he first joined the company in 1979 and worked as Production Manager, Ingredients, for Carbery Milk Products, as the organisation was then known.

After nine years, he became General Manager of the Carbery facility at Ballineen and before joining Carbery, Dan worked with the pharmaceutical Company, Syntex Ireland in Clarecastle, Co Clare.

Other Leadership Roles:

  • Director of Ornua (formerly the Irish Dairy Board) since 1992.
  • Chairman of the Irish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA), now known as Dairy Industry Ireland, from 2013 to 2015.
  • Director of Teagasc for four years.
  • Chairman of the West Cork Technology Park task force.

Education Background

Dan studied at University College Cork (UCC) qualifying with a degree in Dairy and Food Science (Hons) in 1976. He was subsequently awarded an Alumnus Achievement Award from the UCC College of Science, Food Science and Engineering in 2012 for his achievements in building the Carbery Group and his input into the Dairy Industry in Ireland. He completed the Leadership 4Growth course with the IMD College in Lausanne in 2011.

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