Investment helps Linden grow meat processing business

A meat processing company is investing £5m to grow its Northern Ireland business, which will see the creation of 179 new jobs.

Dungannon-based Linden Foods is also being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered the processor £520,000 under its Jobs Fund. This has helped to create more than 2,600 jobs elsewhere in the country.

The £5m investment, however, was announced by enterprise minister Arlene Foster, who said: “Linden Foods has demonstrated a clear desire to continually innovate, maintain its reputation for quality products and retain its focus on growing export sales of its products for the retail sector. Invest Northern Ireland’s support will enable this progressive meat processing firm to recruit its new staff members quickly and capitalise on growth opportunities within the convenience food market.”

Meanwhile, chairman of Linden Foods Trevor Lockhart said: “This investment is an important part of our long-term development strategy and underlines our commitment to the Dungannon area. The support from Invest NI through its Jobs Fund will allow us to create the workforce we need to meet the demand for our range of new and innovative products among export customers and enable us to cement our leading position within the meat processing industry.”