The Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) was established to give wool farmers an opportunity to diversify into meat production. Located outside Stanley, the Sand Bay abattoir is an EU accredited, export meat plant (designation FK-01), commissioned and approved for mutton and lamb exports in 2002 and beef in 2008. Meat is produced to the highest standards, monitored using HACCP and company Quality Control checks, which are carried out continuously during production. Since its first year of export production in 2003, FIMCo has seen its customer base expand into seven countries – UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Malta and Chile. In 2005 FIMCo entered the local market, providing a reliable supply of quality meat to domestic customers.
Sheep in the Falklands live in wide open paddocks and hillsides, feeding on native coastal tussac, greens and vast ‘white grass’ pastures. Livestock is transported directly from farms in approved livestock trucks, and on arrival are rested in the purpose built lairage facility. This practice, combined with a computerised tracking system within the plant, offers 100% traceability of FIMCo products.
The result is a delicious, high quality product, which has been raised in a clean, pure environment, and processed to international standards.
Our role at FIDC is to advise and assist the management of FIMCo, to encourage and enable greater co-ordination of supply to the abattoir and ensure the sustainable increase of farmers choosing to supply animals - particularly higher value lamb meat - to the abattoir.
FIMCo can be contacted as follows: