A strategic partnership and acquisition deal announced earlier this year by Dawn Meats and Dunbia has been completed.

In a statement the two companies said that all of the relevant regulatory clearances had been approved for the deal, which was first announced in May.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dawn Meats has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia to establish a joint venture in the UK. 

The combined UK businesses will now trade as Dunbia and will be managed by former Dunbia CEO Jim Dobson as CEO, and Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne as Executive Chairman. 

Meanwhile, Dawn Meats has bought Dunbia's operations in the Republic of Ireland.

Dawn now has nine facilities, including five abattoirs, following the addition of two complementary Dunbia facilities - one abattoir in Slane, and one boning hall in Kilbeggan. 

The combined businesses in the UK and Ireland will process about 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep annually. 

The companies said the combined businesses in the UK are highly complementary, and will offer customers regionally sourced solutions for both beef and lamb from 15 facilities across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new brand and logo for the joint venture was unveiled to staff and customers at the business's headquarters in Dungannon in Northern Ireland today.