O’Brien Fine Foods announces €14m development

(l-r) Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland; Bill O’Brien, O’Brien Fine Foods; Minister Simon Coveney; John O’Brien, O’Brien Fine Foods
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O’Brien Fine Foods, producer of cooked meats under the Brady Family and Rudds brands, yesterday announced a €14 million development at its ham processing Timahoe facility in Co Kildare, Ireland. 

Supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland, the 8,000sq m expansion is expected to double operational capacity and create an additional 40 full-time jobs.

This will bring the total number of employees at Timahoe from 270 to 310 over the next two years, while a further 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

“It is our ambition to become the leading producer in the cooked meats sector and this announcement is an important step in this process,” said John O’Brien, managing director at O’Brien Fine Foods.

“Not only will the investment in our facility significantly increase our operational capacity, but it will also improve our efficiency, expand our production capabilities to other proteins and positively impact our sustainability credentials.

“Most importantly, this is all underpinned by important job creation in the local area.”

O’Brien claimed that the company prides itself on producing 100% Irish, Bord-Bia approved pork products and that a key element in the businesses success is the long-standing working relationship it has with its suppliers.

“In today’s marketplace, we recognise that provenance and quality is of the utmost importance, which, in turn, drives growth and demand for our products,” he added.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, officially announced the investment. “The food and drink industry has been a driving force in our economic recovery since 2009,” he explained. “I am delighted to welcome continued growth in this important sector with family businesses like O’Brien Fine Foods contributing to the growth of this, our most valuable indigenous industry, with their own ambitious expansion plans.”

Meanwhile, Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon commented that businesses within the food sector can make a significant impact in a limited amount of time by expanding into export markets, leading to job creation in local communities. “This is what O’Brien Fine Foods have achieved and I would like to congratulate them on this new investment at Timahoe,” she said.

“Enterprise Ireland will continue to work with the company and the wider food sector to develop overseas business and, ultimately, create further employment in Ireland.”

Construction at the facility has begun, with work expected to be complete in June 2016.

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