Duffy’s announce 144 job expansion
A FURTHER 144 jobs are to be created by duffy Meats Ltd as a result of a £5.7m expansion at their Shillelagh plant.
The company produces a range of products under the Denny and Ballyfree labels which include sausages, rashers, bulk cooked ham and sliced cooked meats. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kerry Group and currently employs 389 people.
It has identified significant market opportunities in the sausage and cooked meats sector and is currently expanding existing operations in these areas.
The expansion involving a total investment of £5.7 million in the cooked meat section will, in addition to the extra jobs, lead to an increase in value added output of £20 million of which 70% will be exported.
And the expansion of the cooked meat facilities at Shillelagh is being funded with the aid of a £1.995 million FEOGA grant and a further £285,000 from the Government.
Duffys will supply a range of innovative, flavoured and unique pig-meat products, including whiskey and porter hams. Duffy Meats has won a contract from Tesco UK to develop a range of ham products that can be marketed under Tesco’s own label. It is expected that shortly the Shillelagh plant will become a Tesco ‘Centre of Excellence’ for cooked ham.
Minister Joe Jacob, welcoming the announcement, said that these jobs would come as a huge relief for the people of south Wicklow and were only the beginning of his aspirations for further job creation throughout the constituency.
He said the plant in Shillelagh had grown from strength to strength and this growth in performance was largely due to the performance of workers and staff.