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KPMG, in association with The Irish Farmers Journal, has published its annual Agribusiness report. The theme of this year’s report is True Sustainability, where we look at the significant changes taking place in the global food industry to lower carbon emissions, reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, improve the economic sustainability of farmers and get more from less.

The report features a range of interviews with domestic and global leaders who provide real insight in this critical area for the future of Agribusiness - and will be available on this page early next week.

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Agribusiness report launch webinar

Our launch webinar features guest speakers and panel discussion chaired by Lorcan Allen, Agribusiness editor of The Irish Farmers Journal.

Find out more about our contributors:

Nick Whelan, Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm

Since 2016, Nick has been Group Chief Executive at Dale Farm, the UK’s largest owned dairy cooperative. Prior to relocating with his family to Northern Ireland, to take up the helm at Dale Farm, Nick held senior roles at Glanbia and also at Kerry Group.

Beyond Dale Farm, Nick is incoming Chairman of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association Board, Confederation of British Industry (CBI NI) Council Member, Chair of CBI NI Innovation Working Group and member of the Food & Drink Sector Council, a formal industry partnership with UK Government. Nick grew up on a dairy farm in County Wexford before studying at University of Cork.

Jason Hawkins, CEO, Carbery Group

Since January 2018, Jason Hawkins has been the Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Carbery Group. Prior to joining Carbery, the majority of Jason’s career has been spent in the United States in several leadership positions. Previous roles include Chief Operating Officer with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a leading global dairy co-operative, based in Kansas, USA and with Kerry Group where he was responsible for the creation of the vision, strategy and overall growth for several of their businesses in North America.

Originally from Tralee, Co. Kerry, Jason joined Kerry Group’s Graduate Programme as an accountant in 1999 after graduating with a business degree from the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness, KPMG

Ian Proudfoot is KPMG's Global Head of Agribusiness. He is based in New Zealand, where he provides a wide range of consulting services to New Zealand companies and the New Zealand government. He is a frequent visitor to Ireland, and has presented at a number of Agribusiness Report launches in recent years, as well as meeting with a range of senior personnel in the Agribusiness industry. He is a world-renowned speaker of the future of Food and Agribusiness.