Success so sweet with yogurt and dessert deal
A Co Tyrone firm has won a £3m deal to supply yogurt, cream and dessert packaging to one of Northern Ireland's biggest dairies.
Dungannon-based Greiner Packaging will deliver 200 million pots a year to Dale Farm.
Ten new jobs will be created as a result of the deal, one which was helped by a £2.2m investment in equipment.
The firm said its investment in a new printer and thermoforming equipment will increase "efficiency, quality and environmental credentials" and also help with a new redesign for Spelga yogurt.
The new technology will also see all of Dale Farm's yogurt and cream pots made from polypropylene rather than polystyrene.
The dairy company said the new plastic is lighter and more environmentally friendly and will cut materials by 100 tonnes per annum.
Jarek Zasadzinski, chief executive of Greiner Packaging, welcomed the deal.
He said: "We are extremely excited and proud to be working with Dale Farm on such a significant and complicated project.
"Thanks to major innovation and investment we managed to divert significant amounts of plastics from landfill.
"On the other side we created 10 jobs in Dungannon that are extremely vital to the local economy."
James Anderson, procurement manager at Dale Farm, said he admired Greiner's operation.
He added: "We're delighted to announce our new partnership with Greiner packaging helping to secure and create new jobs for the local economy.
"We were impressed by the efficiency and environmental credentials presented by Greiner, convincing us to move the sourcing of our packaging from a national supplier back to Northern Ireland."
Greiner Packaging in Northern Ireland was developed from Wilsanco and was integrated in Greiner Packaging International in 2006.
The international firm is one of the leading companies in the European packaging industry and achieved annual sales of €472.9m (£400m) last year.
Greiner Packaging International has a workforce of 3,236 employees throughout 34 locations and employs 230 people in its Dungannon plant.
In June this year the company said it hoped an investment in 'in-mould labelling' technology would enable it to take advantage of the growth of the Northern Ireland agri-food industry, and the global confectionery market.
Invest Northern Ireland contributed £200,000 towards the investment in equipment earlier this year.
The number of pots to be sent to Dale Farm each year under deal