Arrow Group paid dividend of €7.5m last year in spite of dip in profits

Irish meat processor is owned by the Queally brothers, who also own Dawn Meats

Pretax profits at one of the State’s largest meat processors fell again last year despite a continued rise in turnover.

Arrow Group reported profits of €19 million in 2018 compared to €31.5 million a year earlier and €37.7 million in 2016.

It attributed the decline to currency fluctuations and a lower-than-expected valuation on group properties.

The company posted turnover of €551.8 million last year, as against €545 million in 2017.

Despite the profit decline, Arrow paid out divdends of €7.5 million in 2018, versus €9 million in the prior year.

Arrow is owned by brothers Peter, John and Michael Queally who also own Dawn Meats, which has annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 7,000 employees in 12 countries.


The company said it had recently amalgamated its retail packaging and food processing into a new legal entity called The Culinary Food Group to improve brand awareness and streamlines processes.

Arrow employs close to 1,900 people with almost 1,500 of these working in production. Staff costs last year rose to €76.5 million from €75.8 million. Compensation for key management totalled €1.99 million, down from €2.02 million a year earlier.

Investment properties owned by the group were valued at €20.7 million at year-end, as against €26.3 million in 2017.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is a former Irish Times business journalist