Owen Brennan has been appointed as an honorary officer of the most excellent order of the British empire (OBE) for services to the Northern Ireland agricultural food industry.

The executive chair of Devenish Nutrition has led the company since 1997, evolving it from a trading company to a research, development and innovation business trading in over 40 countries today.

Owen Brennan, executive chair of agri technology company Devenish.

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“I accept this award with a sense of appreciation of my colleagues.

"It is truly a reflection of the talented, committed people I have been privileged to work alongside throughout my career at Devenish.

"This recognition is due to a great team effort and I am always proud to represent that,” Brennan said.

Passionate

He is particularly passionate about the role of nutritious food in promoting human health.

In 2018, Devenish, in partnership with Moy Park, Skea Eggs and Waitrose, proved that regular consumption of naturally enriched omega-3 chicken and eggs will reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia and depression.

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The chicken meat and eggs used in the study came from birds fed with OmegaPro, a sustainable source of omega-3, developed by Devenish.

Brennan has also served as president of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association, chair of the Livestock and Meat Commission and on the Agri-Food Strategy Board.

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