Dragon Brand Foods invests £500k in new factory and jobs

By Gwen Ridler

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The site of the new factory at Strabane Business Park/ (L – R) Paul McGuigan, Dragon Brand Foods, and Des Gartland, Invest NI
The site of the new factory at Strabane Business Park/ (L – R) Paul McGuigan, Dragon Brand Foods, and Des Gartland, Invest NI

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Curry sauce manufacturer Dragon Brand Foods has invested more than £500,000 in a new factory in Northern Ireland and created new jobs.

Construction of the site has begun at Strabane Business Park as part of plans to grow the business. Four new roles will be created at the factory.

Dragon Brand Foods has invested £550,000 in the new 697m2 ​manufacturing space.

The company received support from business development agency Invest Northern Ireland (NI), which provided £153,563 towards creating new jobs and research and development of new products.

£153,563 towards creating new jobs

Invest NI’s north west regional manager Des Gartland said: “The company’s decision to build a new factory at Strabane Business Park is a significant commitment and has involved a lot of preparatory work.

“This investment marks the next step in the company’s journey to achieving faster export growth and reaffirms its continuing commitment to the Strabane area. I hope that this announcement will act as a catalyst for further investment into the Strabane area.”

Invest NI developed the park to help address the shortage of available industrial land in the district and support economic development in the local area.

Paul McGuigan, director of Dragon Brand Foods, said: “Our strategy is to pursue growth through investing in new products and innovation. Invest NI is providing us with invaluable support which is helping to safeguard our future and accelerate the future growth of our business.

‘Growing our workforce’

“Building work for our new factory has already commenced and we look forward to growing our workforce to help us deliver valuable new contracts, particularly in the UK and Republic of Ireland markets.”

Meanwhile, last week, sausage maker Heck Foods created 75 jobs at its new £3.5M factory​ in North Yorkshire, following a multi-million pound investment from Lloyds Bank.

Heck said the 1,985m2​ factory in Bedale can produce more than 700 sausages a minute and was expected to increase the company’s turnover to £18M a year.

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