Packaging company Huhtamaki has announced an investment of nearly £5m in its Co Armagh factory. The Finnish-owned firm, which specialises in egg packaging and cup carriers, is creating 12 new permanent jobs and 80 temporary posts as part of the expansion here.
It already employs 200 people in Northern Ireland, and 16,700 world-wide. General manager Philip Woolsey said the investment was a “huge vote of confidence” in the Lurgan plant.
Mr Woolsey added:“We have increased our product range, increased efficiency and improved our customer orientation — now we have the confidence to install new state-of-the-art machinery to enable future growth and further improve our performance for our customers.” And he said the growing popularity of eggs was helping fuel its expansion.
“Our customers have been growing significantly in recent years, driven by population growth and increased egg consumption per head of capita.
“A focus on healthy eating and the importance of a good breakfast, along with lower price points, have all been pushing egg sales higher, particularly free range.”