Moy Park to invest in Northern Irish plants

Poultry processor Moy Park has revealed plans for an expansion of three of its sites, which will create 628 new jobs.

The company, part of the Marfrig Global Foods group, has announced it will expand its three sites in Northern Ireland – at Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena – through a £170 million investment. The investment will include new processing lines and a new innovation centre.

Enterprise, trade and investment minister Arlene Foster said: “This investment, which will mean a £10.5m increase in wages and salaries annually for the local economy, is a huge boost of confidence in Northern Ireland as a European food production and manufacturing centre of excellence by a world-leading company.
“The expansion will further enhance Moy Park’s contribution to the local economy by enabling the business to achieve substantial growth in sales, mostly to customers outside Northern Ireland, by 2018.”

The 628 new jobs, 100 of which have already been posted will include roles in management, supervisory, processing and financial shared services. Foster said the announcement “is a sign of Marfrig’s ongoing commitment to Northern Ireland. The new jobs are being created over a four-year period across Moy Park’s three sites, with a variety of roles available, including 70 high-value posts based in the new Innovation Centre.”

Marfrig Global Foods CEO Sergio Rial commented: “We are committed to growing our operations in Northern Ireland and this investment, with support from Invest Northern Ireland, helps us to achieve that. We have had ongoing, positive engagement with the Northern Ireland Executive and have experienced a very pro-business attitude.”

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