Duffy’s an­nounce 144 job ex­pan­sion

May 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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