Green Isle Foods has created an additional 115 jobs over the next five years as part of a €30m investment in its operations in Ireland.
The investment programme, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation also includes a Longford investment in a new bakery line as well as a new packing and pizza topping equipment facility creating 50 jobs in the county.
Speaking at the Green Isle plant on the Ballinalee Road last Tuesday, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said the move served as “a great vote of confidence” in Co Longford and in the region in general.
“Green Isle has grown over the years,” he said, “adding “it is also breaking into the middle Eastern countries”.
“Fifty jobs have been created here in Longford and we really value the decision that this company has made. This company has made a real commitment to innovation. People’s tastes are constantly changing and Green Isle Foods is leading the trends in terms of that.
“Food is a sector where Irish companies have built strengths and grown export markets over many years.
“In the past three years we have seen major progress in employment across the country and I am confident that, if we continue implementing our plan, we can see sustained jobs growth in the coming years.”
Minister for State, Séan Sherlock was also at the plant last week. He said it was an “exciting time” for food production in Ireland and pointed to the growth in exports as a direct result of domestic food production and investment.
“Green Isle is striving to reach out to markets across the globe and this investment by the Irish taxpayer, in the company, is very significant,” he added.
“This is about people with vision creating excellent produce and this is what the Government will invest in. This is a smart investment, created by smart people and the evidence of that is very clear here today.”
Speaking to the Leader at announcement, Deputy James Bannon (FG) said that a further job announcement in Longford town was due shortly, and that this together with the 50 additional jobs at Green Isle, signalled a “real commitment to Longford” by the current government.
“This is a huge boost to Longford,” he added.
“And I know that what is happening here today will be the first of many announcements for this county.
“Over 1,000 jobs have been created in Co Longford over the past 12 months in the small to medium enterprise area and this is a county that is ideally placed for further industry.”
Green Isle Foods has become a leading Irish frozen foods company and is part of the 2 Sisters Food Group which has a total turnover of £3b with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide.