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Irvine’s Zimbabwe Award Presentations

07 March 2014
Cobb

ZIMBABWE - Some of the major achievements of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. distributor Irvine’s Zimbabwe in a successful 2013 were outlined by the chairman, David Irvine, at the company’s annual party in Harare in appreciation of the custom and support of various stakeholders.


Donnie Smith presents Distributor of the Year Award to one of Irvine's major day-old chick distributors, Nigel Philp of Profeeds


Presentation of Frozen Chicken and Table Egg Retailer of the Year Award.
Left to right: Misi Makuzwa, Mr Irvine's marketing manager, Donnie Smith, Dion Yatris, owner of Spar Mutare, and George Economou, Mr Irvine's commercial director

Chief among these achievements were the construction of air and light tight rearing houses for broiler breeders, expansion of the commercial hatchery to one million chicks per week and the start of work to build a new 25-tonnes-per-hour feed mill expected to be complete by third quarter of 2014.

Mr Irvine gave a warm welcome to Donnie Smith, chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, also James Young, Tyson group vice president of international, and Roy Mutimer, general manager of Cobb Europe.

He spoke of the close association with Abilio Antunes from Mozambique whose relationship with Irvine’s dates back to 1968 when he bought his first stock of Cobb parents. Abilio is now the largest chicken producer in Mozambique.

Mr Irvine put emphasis on the value that Irvine’s Zimbabwe place on building successful long-term relationships with customers and suppliers, and referred to Irvine’s association with Cobb lasting 51 years.

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