Finnebrogue Artisan opens multi-million processing facility

Northern Irish food processor Finnebrogue Artisan has officially opened its new £25 million processing facility in Co. Down.

The new factory is a 160,000 square foot processing unit with modern product development facilities which the company hopes will boost sales and create new jobs.

“It was always my plan within the new build to automate wherever possible, to remove people from mundane tasks, so we could invest heavily in people in roles that truly make a difference to the product quality to support our phenomenal growth,” said Finnebrogue’s chairman Denis Lynn.

“I was also determined to build a facility where the ancillary areas, such as the Roof Garden café, were a delight for the team to spend time in.”

Alongside the processing facility, a food development centre was built at the heart of the building, which houses a creative kitchen, sensory panelling area and full-scale pilot plant.

First Minister Arlene Foster, who was in attendance at the opening, said she was delighted to endorse Finnebrogue Artisan’s “well-deserved and long-standing reputation for quality and innovation”.

“Their dedication to excellence has ensured that they are now a very highly respected major player in the UK food industry.

“This new £25m state-of-the-art facility will give Finnebrogue additional capacity to build on its success in terms of new product development and sales outside Northern Ireland. By continually innovating and developing premium products, Finnebrogue, with the support of Invest NI, has been able to respond to new market trends and opportunities across the UK.

“Finnebrogue is a real success story for Northern Ireland. I commend Denis Lynn for his tireless work to build this successful business and I look forward to seeing what the next chapter has in store for his highly regarded company.”

The business, which prides itself on innovation, has benefited from assistance from Invest Northern Ireland over the last three years, supporting its job creation and marketing activities, as well as a capital grant towards its new processing facility.

Kenton Hilman, head of corporate and property banking at Ulster Bank, was also in attendance. “Finnebrogue Artisan is a strong example of Northern Ireland’s pioneering development in the field of agrifood,” he commented. “Their devotion to quality and innovation commitment to supporting sustainable ambition means that we, at Ulster Bank, are delighted to be able to play our part in assisting with their continued growth.”

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