Dunbia to spend £27m on high-tech deboning hall

Dunbia has reported it will invest £27 million in new headquarters, creating 209 new jobs over the next three years.

The investment will be used for an “intelligent” boning hall at the company’s headquarters in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

The new boning hall will upgrade the company’s beef mince and diced burger lines to increase overall productivity levels, said the firm.

It will also be used to upgrade technology, which Dunbia said would help maximise the return on its resources and help it remain cost-competitive.

“The new boning hall will help the company achieve economies of scale, while the installation of new production lines, using the most modern automated retail butchery, will increase retail packing efficiencies,” Dunbia said in its announcement.

Dunbia Northern Irish processing operations already employ almost 1,000 people in the procurement, slaughter and de-boning of cattle and sheep, wholesale distribution and retail packing of beef and lamb.

Jim Dobson, managing director of Dunbia Group, said: “Innovation has been at the heart of our success and this investment in new production technology will create a centre of excellence for beef deboning in Ireland.

“It will help us to maintain our position as a leading meat processor in the UK and Ireland and to deliver on our growth strategy over the next three to five years.”

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