McColgan’s Quality Foods, a producer of frozen and chilled savoury and sweet baked goods based in Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will expand its operations and payroll in a £7.3 million investment program that will include new production lines.
“This significant investment will deliver increased efficiencies and capacity for McColgan’s, which will enable the company to target larger customers with the aim of increasing export sales by 50% over the next three years,” said Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s enterprise, trade and investment minister. “McColgan’s is pursuing increased market share through a clear strategic direction founded on product quality, excellent customer service and continuous product development and innovation.”
Invest NI, the Northern Ireland government’s regional business development agency, has pledged to support the project with a grant totaling £900,000.
Grainne Hampton, managing director of McColgan’s, commented: “This latest investment will further develop our long term vision for the company’s growth strategy. The installation of cutting edge technology and production processes will increase our capabilities as well as our capacity.”
“The food and drink industry is important to the Northern Ireland economy, and innovation and market development remain crucial to its growth,” added Foster. “Businesses like McColgan’s, which focus on export markets and product innovation, will help to drive the industry’s growth. This investment is also good news for Strabane and for the wider economy.”
Forty-three jobs are expected to be added to the workforce, which currently numbers approximately 230. The company, which has been catering to the convenience foods sector since 1975, makes a wide variety of puff and shortcrust pastry products as well as other baked goods.