A yoghurt manufacturer based in Bangor has planned to invest over £2m to expand and create new job opportunities in the region.
Clandeboye Yoghurt, owned by and run by the Clandeboye Estate, has stated that the investment, supported by a grant from Invest NI, will enable them to build a new specialist factory and will create 13 new jobs in the area, according to an Invest NI press release.
According to the general manager of Clandeboye Estate’s Yoghurt division, the investment will allow the manufacturer to produce 80 tonnes of yoghurt per week, quadruple their current production and enough to enable a substantial international expansion of the brand.
The food and drink market has remained a secure investment within the current circumstances and has generated £5bn for the Northern Irish economy over the past year. Clandeboye’s expansion has confirmed the confidence of the industry to expand and invest to remain competitive both locally and globally.
Clandeboye Estate is a business wholly built around the estate. The Holstein and Jersey cows in the field produce the milk, which is processed in the onsite factory to produce the yoghurt, before being put into safe cold storage. With everything required to run their business available in house (figuratively and literally), they can avoid supply chain issues.
With an increasing number of stories like Clandeboye Estates, it suggests that an economic recovery is very possible, with the right level of innovation, assistance and confidence in the market.
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