Co Down firm Finnebrogue unveil £25m facility to 'aid firm's phenomenal growth'
Meat producer Finnebrogue in Co Down has opened a new £25m processing facility to bring more automation to its processes.
The company, based at Downpatrick, invited First Minister Arlene Foster to unveil the new operation.
It's benefited from funding from Invest NI in recent years to support job creation and marketing, as well as a capital grant towards the new premises.
Finnebrogue, which employs 245 people, was first known for its venison products but started making pork, lamb and beef sausages, and is now the second largest sausage producer in the UK.
Company founder and chairman Denis Lynn said: "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."
The new development also includes a café, a food development centre and a 'creative kitchen'.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: "I am delighted to be here today 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."
Ms Foster added: "This new £25m state-of-the-art facility will give Finnebrogue additional capacity to build upon its success in terms of new product development and sales outside Northern Ireland."