Moy Park investment

DETI Minister Arlene Foster (l) with Moy Park chief executive Janet McCollum

Northern Irish poultry giant Moy Park is investing £170m in developing three of its sites.

Activity will take place over four years across sites in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena and will include additional processing lines and the creation of an Innovation Centre to drive new product development. The investment, which will create 628 jobs, is expected to help boost Moy Park sales outside Northern Ireland.

The move was described as “a huge boost of confidence in Northern Ireland as a European food production and manufacturing centre of excellence”, by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster.

Sergio Rial, CEO of Moy park owner Marfrig Global Foods, said the business had an “ongoing, positive engagement” with the Northern Ireland Executive and was committed to growing its investment in the country.

Regional economic development agency Invest Northern Ireland is providing £9.5m in financial assistance towards the expansion.

“We have been able to demonstrate to international investors like Marfrig that we will work with them to ensure Northern Ireland is the right European location to successfully grow their business,” added Foster.