New Opening Counts Value of Irish Livestock

IRELAND - The meat sector is hugely significant to the Irish economy, not just in terms of employment and trade, but also as a driver of investment, said the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD.
calendar icon 20 October 2008
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Last year the value of Irish meat and livestock exports reached almost €2.4 billion, a significant contribution not only to underpinning agricultural incomes but to the balance of trade, he said at the official opening of the the new €7.5 million extension to the Hilton Foods production and packing facility in Drogheda.

He pointed out that the opening of this new extension is a significant innovation between producers, processor and marketer who have come together to promote meat, both in Ireland and in overseas markets. It further strengthens the relationship between Tesco Ireland and Hilton Foods in the meat sector and their commitment to a quality product. The investment has brought about a welcome additional 20 jobs, with more expected in future.

Minister Smith said: “As with the rest of the food industry, the Government is committed to a strong consumer oriented meat sector. To that end, we have continued to support actions that help the industry to address the needs of the market. My commitment to the meat industry is based on a clear understanding of its value to the Irish economy in general, and to rural communities in particular.

In recent weeks I was also pleased, together with the Tánaiste, to launch an Innovation Initiative by Enterprise Ireland for the Prepared Consumer Foods sector. This envisages some €30 million in a range of innovation supports being available to innovating companies and includes possibilities for partnerships between large and smaller companies and for joint innovation projects between food and non-food companies.”

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