Dunbia is set to create 209 new jobs in at its facility in Dungannon.

The announcement was made today by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster  and is part of a £27 million investment by the meat processor over three years.

Currently Dunbia NI’s Dungannon plant employs almost 1,000 people in the procurement, slaughter and de-boning of cattle and sheep, as well as wholesale distribution and retail packing of beef and lamb.

The planed investment will create an intelligent boning hall and upgrade production lines to increase output and support export growth.

At the launch today Minister Forster said Dunbia the meat sector plays an important part in Northern Ireland’s economic success and the sector has continued to grow, despite the downturn.

“This kind of investment is significant, not just for the future long-term sustainability of Dunbia, but also for its positive impact on the agri-food supply chain and the red meat sector as a whole,” she said.

Jim Dobson, Managing Director of Dunbia Group, said innovation has been at the heart of Dunbia’s success and this investment in new production technology will create a centre of excellence for beef deboning.

“It will help us to maintain our position as a leading meat processor in the UK and Ireland and to deliver on our growth strategy over the next three to five years,” he said.

Dunbia NI is part of the Dunbia Group which employs around 4,000 people across 13 sites.