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Co Down seafood firm creates 20 jobs with new factory

By Yvette Shapiro

A Co Down shellfish processor has opened a new £1.3m factory in Kilkeel, creating 20 jobs.

The harbour site consolidates two previous plants operated by Kilkeel Seafoods in the port. The factory will be dedicated to the shelling and processing of langoustine caught in the Irish Sea, to be sold across the UK and Ireland as breaded scampi.

The company - part of the Whitby Seafoods group - said it expected further jobs to be created as the facility becomes fully operational.

Daniel Whittle, managing director of Whitby Seafoods, said: "We are very excited about our new factory, which we believe to be world-leading in quality scampi processing.

"We're delighted to continue to invest in Kilkeel as we recognise the value of the dedicated Northern Irish prawn fishermen working in this area and the benefit our experienced and skilled staff bring to our business."

Kilkeel Seafoods was formed in 2011 when Whitby acquired Rockall Seafoods, another local scampi producer. Its breaded and battered scampi is sold in supermarket chains throughout the UK.

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