A food company in County Down is planning to double its sales out of Northern Ireland with a £3 million-expansion which will create 60 new jobs in the region.
Finnebrogue, which started off as a venison producer, but which now also makes artisan foods, pork sausages and other products for major retailers, is ploughing funds into new facilities and marketing activities.
The company, which specialises in Oisin venison from stock aged between nine and 21 months, also supplies meat to the Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire; one of the UK's three-Michelin star eateries.
Finnebrogue, which is based at the Finnebrogue Estate in Downpatrick, employs 150 people and counts celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal among its top customers. It is also a major supplier to Marks & Spencer.
“Over the past three years, we’ve achieved annual growth of around 30%,” owner David Lynn told The Belfast Telegraph.