Meat firm’s £2.5m investment to boost products and exports
A Co Down meat company is investing £2.5m to expand its product range and boost exports.
Finnebrogue will expand luxury sausage and venison products with financial help from Invest Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s EU processing and marketing grant scheme.
Their products are sold in the UK and the Republic through supermarkets Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, in praising Finnebrogue which employs 65 people in Downpatrick, said: “This is an immensely important investment by a company which has established an impressive record in offering major retailers highly innovative products, backed by excellent customer-focused services.”
She also praised Finnebrogue’s charitable initiative, Good Little Company. For every packet of sausages bought from the range, a staple meal is donated to someone who needs it in the developing world every day for two weeks.
Finnebrogue managing director Denis Lynn said the investment would make the company more competitive in the UK and Republic and help it achieve its aim of trebling turnover by 2012.
Finnebrogue has been offered financial assistance of £137,000 by Invest NI towards the investment.