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Dairy firm to create 23 jobs

With the LowLow snack packs are,  left, Brian Dolaghan, Invest NI's diirector of business and sector development, and Camillus Fitzpatrick, Golden Cow's finance manager. Pic by MT Hurson/Harrisons. IINPT16-048

With the LowLow snack packs are, left, Brian Dolaghan, Invest NI's diirector of business and sector development, and Camillus Fitzpatrick, Golden Cow's finance manager. Pic by MT Hurson/Harrisons. IINPT16-048

Twenty-three new jobs are being created at the Golden Cow factory in a £2.5 million expansion.

The expansion will see the Artabrackagh Road-based plant manufacture two products, LowLow Snack Packs and Matteson’s Chicken Dippers, for major retailers in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund has contributed £100,000 towards the development.

Golden Cow employ 52 people and will create the extra jobs over the next two years.

A new plant has already been built to manufacture the new snack foods.

Camillus Fitzpatrick, Golden Cow’s finance manager, said, “The decision by Kerry Group to manufacture the new LowLow Snacks in particular in Portadown is recognition of our longstanding expertise and success in providing cheddar cheese products very cost effectively to leading UK and Irish retailers over many years.

“Invest NI’s Jobs Fund support for the investment and especially to recruit additional staff has been immensely important.

“We’ve installed a new production facility to manufacture the new snack foods.”

He added, “Both products have been developed to appeal to two fast-moving consumer markets in Britain and the Republic of Ireland that the group has identified.

“The LowLow product is targeted at consumers, especially women, seeking low fat foods that do not compromise on taste and quality. The Mattesson’s chicken Double Dipper is another convenience snack designed to appeal to a wide consumer audience.”

Golden Cow Dairies was formed in 1916 by the Clarke family, Portadown. It remained under family ownership for 73 years and was bought by the Kerry Group in 2001. The company’s two key brands are Golden Cow butter and Coleraine cheese.

 

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