O’Brien Fine Foods is a family-run business established in 2000 with manufacturing sites in both Ireland and the UK, which specialises in manufacturing and marketing premium meats.

Employing over 600 people, they are the leading cooked meats producer on the Island of Ireland, with a growing international presence. They supply both branded and private label ranges from three manufacturing sites. Innovation and New Product Development are at the heart of what they do.

They are experienced, innovative, and adept at delivering mouth-watering food solutions to the meat industry. They are committed to building a sustainable, lasting business, ensuring reliable and enjoyable employment for current and future generations.

O'Brien Fine Food

Project Objectives

Implementing environmental and energy management systems certified to the requirements of ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 to support achieving their Sustainability goals.

Key Challenges

The management system’s success depends on the adoption and engagement of all OBFF employees.

The team needs to understand how the system works, how it benefits them, their role in the system’s success, and their contribution towards organisational goals.

Training and communication planning within the project helped to overcome this challenge.


O’Brien Fine Foods Timahoe site in Co Kildare is the first to develop, implement and be certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.
The plan is to implement this integrated management system into each OBFF site in the ROI and the UK in the coming years.

Project Timeline

August 22

Initial Site Visit & Gap Analysis

September 22

Training Workshops commence

September - December 22

Energy Review, Environmental Aspect & Impact Procedures

January 23

Commence Restructured Monitoring

February 23

Comms & Training

March 23

Management Review

March 23

Internal Audit

Apr 23

Stage 1 Certification

April 23

Stage 2 Certification

Integrated Management System Process Overview

  1. Planning
  2. Identify Legal and Other Requirements
  3. Conduct Initial Environmental and Energy Review
  4. Set Objectives and Targets
  5. Develop Environmental and Energy Management Programs
  6. Implement Operational Controls
  7. Establish Monitoring and Measurement Processes
  8. Training and Communication
  9. Conduct Internal Audits
  10. Management Review
  11. Facilitation of the improvement process.

Why CGBC? Just ask our clients…

Environmental performance is growing in importance, and the challenges it poses to businesses are getting more complex and frequent.
Working with CGBC allowed us to navigate these challenges and ensure that we built a robust Integrated Management System that aligns with best practices and allows us the best chance of reaching the ambitious climate targets that we have set ourselves.
This training ensured people from across the company got involved and knew what was required from them and their teams from the beginning.

O’Brien Fine Foods

Enterprise Ireland Grants

Supported by Enterprise Ireland

This project was supported by the Enterprise Ireland Green Plus program, which supports training projects to develop a high level of environmental management capability, drive environmental efficiencies and achieve improved sustainability.

What is Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.

In this way, they support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard is designed to enable businesses to understand and manage their environmental obligations by adopting a more systemic approach to achieving continuous improvement in ‘Green Performance’.

ISO 50001

ISO 50001 certification will demonstrate that your organisation is taking a systematic and logical approach to continuously improving your energy management.

ISO & Sustainabiltiy Consultants

CG Business Consulting has a team of consultants experienced in the art of Energy Management, Energy Performance Reviews and Energy Performance Gap Analysis.

If you think your business would benefit from any or a blend of our ISO Energy Management or Sustainability Services, why not give us a call on 01 620 4121 for a free, no strings consultation.

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