"The Agri-food sector is essential to the local economy..."- Simon Hamilton MLA
Speaking after meeting staff and receiving tours of the respective plants he said: “The Agri-food sector is essential to the local economy and I am encouraged to see how two of Northern Ireland’s largest producers within the sector are going from strength to strength.
“I was particularly impressed by Moy Park’s recent upgrades to its Dungannon plant.
“With assistance from Invest Northern Ireland, Moy Park has improved efficiencies in its operations by installing a new cutting line, grading line, and refrigeration system, positioning the Dungannon base as one of the leading poultry processing facilities in the UK.
“The physical improvements combined with a greater focus on management development, continuous improvement and supply chain management will ensure Moy Park continues to maintain its position as Northern Ireland’s largest, and one of Europe’s leading, food companies.”
Speaking from Gilfresh Produce in Loughgall the Minister added: “Gilfresh Produce is a great local success story, expanding from a small family business in Loughgall to a leading vegetable packer across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“Its forward thinking and innovative approach to business has helped to deliver this success and I was particularly impressed by the anaerobic digestion plant which uses waste vegetables to provide power to run the business.
“Gilfresh’s continued innovation and commitment to growth and quality resulted in the business winning the Northern Ireland’s Agri-food Business of the Year at the 2016 Farming Life / Danske Bank Awards and I would like to congratulate owner Thomas Gilpin on receiving the much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”