130 new jobs as three Irish food companies invest almost €9 million in major development programmes

23rd September 2013

Investments supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today (Monday) announced that three Irish food companies will create 134 new jobs over the next three years in investment programmes totalling close to €9m supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland. 

The companies are located in Kildare, Monaghan and Westmeath and these investment programmes will enable them increase operational capacity, expand their product range, build on their existing international markets and enter new markets.

  • Green Farm Foods, a leading producer of premium cooked meat products based in Rathowen, Co Westmeath, will create 30 jobs over the next three years as part of a €2.8million investment supported by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland
  • O’Brien Fine Foods, a company based in Timahoe, Co Kildare, and specialising in premium cooked hams, sausages, rashers and puddings, will create 51 new jobs over the next three years as part of a €3million investment backed by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland
  • Swift Fine Foods, located in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, produces premium quality chilled and frozen ready meals for the retail trade and foodservice markets, and is creating  53 jobs  over the next three years as part of a €3million investment supported by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said:

‘At the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is our determination to create a powerful engine of Irish business.  As well as sustaining and growing a strong multinational sector, we must support more Irish companies to start-up, expand, export and create the jobs we need. We have put in place a range of new supports including a new credit schemes to provide an additional €2billion to businesses and a range of new supports for exporters'.

“Today’s announcement that three fast-growing Irish companies in the food sector are creating more than 130 jobs in Westmeath, Kildare and Monaghan is a further very welcome boost for employment in Ireland. Here are three Irish businesses, operating in locations across the country, expanding into export markets and creating large numbers of new jobs, a model of what we are trying to achieve with our plan".

“For the past year we are seeing 3000 extra jobs being created in the private sector every month. Announcements like today confirm that we are on the right track, and I am determined to make the changes necessary to sustain the progress we have made to get people back to work”.

Welcoming the announcement Michael Cantwell, Manager Food Division, Enterprise Ireland, said:  ‘Today’s announcement helps underpin Ireland’s standing as a leader in the international food industry. Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support this investment and looks forward to working with these companies as they embark on these ambitious expansions and grow and develop their international sales – sustaining and creating jobs in Ireland’.

ENDS

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Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, 01-6312200, press.office@djei.ie

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