13/01/2014

Finnebrogue Creates 65 New Jobs

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Finnebrogue in Downpatrick is creating 65 new jobs.

The new positions, being created with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland's Jobs Fund, are part of a £3m expansion.

Finnebrogue is a specialist in premium quality artisan pork products for major retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Asda and Waitrose. The company is investing heavily in new facilities and marketing activities designed to almost double sales outside Northern Ireland during 2014.

Arlene Foster said: "Finnebrogue is an entrepreneurial business with a very impressive track record in their field.

"They specialise in innovation and the development of premium products in response to new market trends and opportunities identified through its close relationships with leading UK retailers. The new jobs will mean an additional £1million a year for the local economy and provide opportunities for local people.

"Support from the Jobs Fund will enable Finnebrogue to respond quickly to new business opportunities and to grow sales faster in Great Britain and export markets."

Recruitment for the new posts, which include several at managerial level, is already underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of March.

(CD/JP)

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