DAIRY and food producer Golden Cow has announced 23 new jobs as part of a £2.5m product expansion for its parent company Kerry Group.
Golden Cow will manufacture two new products, LowLow Snack Packs and Matteson's Chicken Dippers, for Kerry Group, which will go to major retailers in the UK and Republic. The new jobs will complement Golden Cow's staff of 52 in Portadown and will bring £350,000 to the local economy through salaries.
Camillus Fitzpatrick, Golden Cow's finance manager, revealed a new production facility had been installed at its Portadown operation to manufacture the new snack products.
"Kerry Group's decision to manufacture the new LowLow Snacks in particular in Portadown is recognition of our longstanding expertise and success in providing cheddar cheese products very cost effectively to leading UK and Irish retailers over many years.
"Both products have been developed to appeal to two fast moving consumer markets in Britain and the Republic of Ireland."
Invest NI's director of business Brian Dolaghan said the new jobs were an "important strategic investment by Kerry Group".
"The diversification into snack foods is also significant in that it widens the plant's portfolio and positions it to bid for further new product opportunities developing from Kerry Group's longstanding focus on convenience and snack foods for key markets abroad," he added.