Beef producer Damian Kennedy established Kilcoy Pastoral Company in Kilcoy in Queensland’s hinterland to supply surrounding butchers. The original plant was capable of processing forty head of cattle per day.
Damian’s son, Ian Kennedy, took the reins as Managing Director of Kilcoy Pastoral Company. His innovation and business acumen saw Kilcoy Pastoral Company begin to evolve into a highly specialised facility specifically for the grain-fed market.
Ian Kennedy pioneered several industry breakthroughs, including the first consignment of chilled beef to Japan.
Ian Kennedy was also integral in founding AUS-MEAT, the Australian body responsible for establishing and maintaining National Industry Standards for meat production and processing.
Kilcoy Pastoral Company began developing beef brands for Japan.
New Hope Investment Fund acquired Kilcoy Pastoral Company and invested heavily in the business, with a $120 million plant upgrade and expansion.
New Hope Investment Fund purchased the Ruprecht Company in the United States and Weidao Foods in China to form Kilcoy Global Foods — a vertically-integrated food solutions enterprise delivering wholesome meat and seafood the world loves to eat.