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Leading Northern Ireland meat processorLinden Foods Ltd has opened a new £10million facility in Dungannon in County Tyrone. The state-of-the-art retail packing and product development facilities will bring new capabilities to Linden Foods’ operations, allowing it to enhance its competitive position and lead the way in terms of new product development and innovation in the meat processing sector.
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The facilities are the result of a £10million investment by the company which will create 85 new jobs over the next three years bringing Linden’s total employment figure to 520. Invest Northern Ireland has also offered assistance totalling £497,000 part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The new 5,740 sq m premises are located adjacent to the company’s main processing site and include an innovation centre incorporating a development kitchen as well as new preparation, production and dispatch areas.
Linden Foods anticipates that as a result of the investment in the new facilities and in new product development the company will be able to increase sales by 32%, most of which will be in markets outside Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the official opening Gerry Maguire, Managing Director of Linden Foods, said: “Linden Foods business strategy remains focused on innovation. We are committed to providing our customers with a range of exciting new products that are well ahead of current trends within the food retailing sector.
“This new facility, which includes a dedicated development kitchen where new recipes can be trialled and crafted, is the next natural step for the company’s growth and will allow us to bolster our position as market leader within the meat processing industry. I would like to thank all the organisations who have helped us secure and develop this site including the Northern Bank.”
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