O’Brien Fine Food has announced its plans to invest £2.6 million in a three-year development programme, according reports from foodmanufacture.co.uk
The Irish company will create 51 new jobs through the move, which is set to take place at it Timahoe plant in County Kildare.
Bill O’Brien, managing director of O’Brien Fine Foods, said: “We want to be known as a growing, successful Irish food company and a large indigenous employer. The long-term expansion plans of the business are to further develop our presence in Ireland, coupled with particular growth in our exports.”
Mr O'Brien went onto to say that the company would continue to support the Irish rural economy through its is policy to source only Irish pork.
Supported by the Irish government's Enterprise Ireland program, the investment will enable the firm to expand its exporting operation and increase its ability to meet growing consumer demands.
After creating the initial 51 jobs, it is believed that the new plant development will raise employee levels to 275 during the course of programme.
The Irish company is the largest family owned cooked meats producer in Ireland - a title O’Briens are thought to be very proud of.
Richard Burton, Irish minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, spoke highly of the plan and the positive impact it could have on the Irish Economy.
“Growing our food exports is a central part of the government’s Action Plan for Jobs. Today’s announcement that O’Brien Fine Foods is investing in a major expansion programme and creating new jobs is great news for Kildare,” he said.
The minister also announced that 53 new jobs have been created by Swift Fine Foods. The frozen foods company is also undertaking a three year expansion programme set to cost an estimated 3.1 million euros.
Both companies are set to show progression and positive growth in the next three years - factors that can only improve the Irish food economy.
Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland's manager of food division, said that the announcement would help Ireland to cement itself as a leader in the international food industry. He went on to say that Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support companies that are looking to sustain and create jobs in Ireland.