Universal said the move to create new jobs in Britain would help the business handle greater demand from consumers and other industry pressures.
David Simpson, Universal Meat managing director, said the business had 15 years of service in the GB market. It had now reached the stage where a greater awareness and presence was required to enable it to streamline its service and provide ‘essential back up support’.
“This is a huge investment for our company creating not only job opportunities but also a fleet of vehicles to cater for the needs of our ever-growing market,” he continued.
“We will be recruiting skilled personnel throughout the British mainland who have an interest in promoting our values and aspirations within the meat/food industry.”
Universal Meat operates throughout Ireland, the British mainland, the Isle of Man and the Isle of White, providing beef, lamb, pork and poultry, and cooked chicken products under the Seara and Coosters brands.
‘Extend our vision’
Senior director of GB operations Osmond Gurgan added: “This is an exciting new opportunity for our company as we extend our vision further and provide the professional service and support required in the pursuit of food excellence.”
Meanwhile, Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland (UK & I) is to create 55 new jobs as part of a £115m investment to boost capacity and efficiency at two of its major UK breweries, as well as support the 900,000 jobs already within the industry.
The brewer will create 32 new jobs in operational and management roles at its Magnor, South Wales brewery. A further 23 new roles in operations and specialist engineering will be created at its Samlesbury, Lancashire site.