Belfast Telegraph

Investment helps Kestrel Foods in Portadown to spread its wings

Portadown food firm Kestrel Foods is creating 11 new jobs amid a £750,000 investment aimed at growing its export market.

The dried fruit and nut company is adding to its existing workforce of 70 at its plant in Craigavon.

It witnessed a 25% rise in sales over the last year.

The family-run firm was founded in 1996 by husband and wife team Michael and Lorraine Hall.

The company - which is best known for its Forest Feast and Acti-Snack brands - is focusing on expanding its sales outside of Northern Ireland.

Kestrel's latest expansion will also include the addition of new production and packaging machinery.

Managing director Michael Hall said the cash injection was aimed at strengthening its presence in "new and existing international markets".

"This investment represents our ongoing commitment to innovation, ensuring we stay ahead of the curve, and the competition - in an increasingly fast paced industry," he said.

Kestrel's products are now sold in 36 countries across the globe.

Invest NI is putting forward £60,000 towards the expansion.

Belfast Telegraph