Northern Irish processor completes multimillion pound expansion

Northern Irish pork and venison products producer Finnebrogue has completed a £25 million expansion and launched a new brand identity to boost sales, particularly in Great Britain. 

The business, based in Downpatrick, Co Down, was formed by food entrepreneur Denis Lynn in the 1990s and aims to increase turnover to more than £100 million from its current figure of £55 million. With 330 current employees, the company is also looking to increase its workforce.

Over the past three years, Finnebrogue has received £1.7m worth of support from Invest Northern Ireland to develop business activities, including the expansion of its factory premises.

Supplying to Marks & Spencer, Asda, Waitrose and Aldi, the company has launched Artisan Finnebrogue to highlight its commitment to traditional artisan values.

The new factory is a 160,000 square foot processing unit with modern product development facilities.

“Being in business is not about standing still, but moving forward and being innovative,” said Lynn. “That is what we do here. As we expand and innovate, we need additional staff to help us achieve that and have always employed the best people who live locally.”

Alongside its new factory, the business has a nearby processing unit at the Finnebrogue estate, also in Downpatrick, which produces a range of venison products.

The company is now looking to extend its operations beyond Northern Ireland.

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