Foster announces eight new jobs at Hannan Meats

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced support from Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund for Hannan Meats in Moira to provide eight new jobs as part of a £279,000 expansion.

The Minister said the assistance will enable the company, a specialist in premium meats for foodservice and high-end retailers in the UK, Republic of Ireland and other European markets, to grow sales of beef and bacon outside Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster said: “This is a significant investment by a company which has a very impressive track record in the development of innovative products and processes especially salt-ageing techniques to enhance the flavour and texture of its meats.

“The development of what has become the world’s biggest Himalayan Salt Chamber has enabled this progressive company to set itself apart in highly competitive markets, and to secure a series of international awards for premium quality products that are now being demanded increasingly by leading chefs and upmarket retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe.

“Our support will enable the company to accelerate its business growth plans and to create eight new jobs by the end of March that will add an additional £124,000 in wages to the local economy.”

Hannan Meats was established by Peter Hannan in 1991 and currently employs 22 people in Moira.

Peter Hannan said: “We are investing to enable us to benefit from the opportunities growing rapidly outside Northern Ireland for premium meats with provenance.

“It will enable us to raise the profile further of our key brands which gained almost 30 gold stars in this year’s UK Great Taste Awards and gained five listings in the Top 50 Foods.

“Our success in major food competitions has led to a series of exciting business opportunities in key markets such as the UK, France, Portugal and Italy.

“The investment will also benefit local farmers who supply us with exceptional raw material, Glenarm Shorthorn and Euro Angus cattle. Our success with discerning clients enables us to offer them an additional premium for quality."