Longford based Green Isle Foods announces 115 new jobs

Longford’s Green Isle Foods, Consumer Foods company has today announced that the company will make a significant investment of €30m across its operations in Ireland which will result in an additional 115 jobs over the next 5 years.

The investment programme, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland, was approved by Cabinet this morning and will position the company for future growth in Ireland and overseas.

As a result of this investment, an additional 50 jobs will be created at the company’s pizza production facility in Longford and an additional 65 jobs in its pastry production plant in Portumna. Further growth will be supported across its operations following on from today’s announcement. This investment also secures the jobs of the 700 people currently employed by Green Isle.

Green Isle Foods, a leading Irish frozen foods company, is part of the 2 Sisters Food Group which has a total turnover of £3billion with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The company operates in some of the most dynamic and fast moving categories of the food industry and represents household names such as Green Isle, Donegal Catch and Goodfella’s.

Speaking at Green Isle Food’s Longford facility, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Food is a sector where Irish companies have built strengths and grown export markets over many years. This is also a sector which provides employment in towns and villages right across the country, and that is why we targeted this area for particular support as part of our Action Plan for Jobs.

“Today’s announcement that, with the support of my Department through Enterprise Ireland, Green Isle is creating 115 jobs in its plants is great news for Longford, Portumna and for the whole country. In the past three years we have seen major progress in employment across the country and I am confident that, if we continue implementing our plan, we can see sustained jobs growth in the coming years”.

Eddie Power, Managing Director of Green Isle said: “Green Isle Foods is a company of ambition operating in what are exceptionally competitive markets. It is critical that we have well invested facilities to ensure that we compete and win on both national and international stages. This investment programme increases our capacity and extends our product offering and secures access to a wider range of international markets.”

Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, said: “Today’s announcement is a welcome boost for Longford, Portumna and for Ireland. With 61,000 extra people at work in the past year, and jobs growth in every region of the country, it is clear that our plan is working. I wish Green Isle every success with this project”.

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