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Ready meal maker to create 100 new jobs at Dublin base

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30

Edward Spelman, managing director of Ballymaguire Foods, with company chairman Michael Hoey on the site of the new food plant yesterday
Edward Spelman, managing director of Ballymaguire Foods, with company chairman Michael Hoey on the site of the new food plant yesterday

The largest producer of chilled ready meals in the country has announced that it is creating 100 new jobs at its base in Dublin as part of a major expansion.

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The plant is being opened by Ballymaguire Foods, which currently employs 150 people in the North Dublin town of Lusk.

The company, founded in 2008, specialises in making and developing private label prepared foods for companies such as Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, and Centra.

A further 100 jobs will also be created during construction of the new 70,000 square foot plant, which will manufacture chilled ready meals.

The company is looking to fill graduate positions in sales and marketing, food scientists and technicians, research and development, new product development, chefs and general operatives.

The positions are to be filled over the next three years.

Managing director Edward Spelman said: "Construction on the plant started about two weeks ago. We are currrently maxed out at the facility that we have and we are looking to triple capacity.

"Our production capability will now grow to over 500,000 meals per week and this will mainly be used to fuel the opportunities we see in the UK and add to our existing business there.

"Our Irish suppliers will also benefit in the future as all ingredients, where possible, are sourced on the island of Ireland.

"Ballymaguire Foods currently sources 676 tonnes of beef, 2,600 tonnes of potatoes, 2,080 tonnes of vegetables, 780 tonnes of dairy produce and 572 tonnes of chicken per year in Ireland."

He declined to reveal how much the development of the plant will cost but said that it will require a "significant investment".

Mr Spelman also said that he sees scope to expand production at the plant further in the future, but added that he is currently focused on hitting the company's production target of 500,000 meals per week.

Irish Independent

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