Irish food company Kepak is planning to invest £5.5 million at its site in Merthyr Tydfil. In addition, the investment will bring more than 100 new jobs at the facility. Kepak is looking to enhance the Merthyr site’s Central Prepared Meats (CPM) packaging facility. Moreover, the capital will also support the introduction of new, innovative technologies to strengthen the company’s sustainability credentials.

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“We are very happy to invest in our Merthyr plant, which is an important site for Kepak. Kepak is committed to continually investing in its sites to ensure we are optimizing the work we do through innovative methods. The enhancements that will be made to our Merthyr plant will not only help us to achieve greater capacity but to importantly grow the number of colleagues we employ at the site and support local farmers with a significant uplift in demand for livestock.” Kepak’s CEO, Simon Walker said in a statement.

100 new jobs to cater increasing demand

Currently, Kepak is employing more than 850 people at their existing site in Merthyr Tydfil. Moreover, they are now looking to fill new positions of both supervisors and support role staff. These vacant positions pertain to various departments including manufacturing, operations, IT, engineering and technical. “We are happy to announce this significant investment at the Kepak Merthyr site. This include the creation of 100 vital jobs supporting the local economy. This investment will bring about enhancements to our facilities, ultimately doubling the sites CPM packaging capacity and significantly increasing our demand for livestock, which is excellent news for local famers. This investment is further evidence of that commitment in action.” Chris Jones, Kepak Merthyr site manager said in a statement.

The company supplies prime cuts of meat and convenience foods to restaurants and foodservice operators in the UK and internationally. Its brands include Rustlers, Big Al’s, Celtic Beef, McIntosh Donald, Watergrass Hill, Black Angus, and Hereford Beef. Moreover, Kepak is planning to double their production capacity to cater the demand in American markets. Recently, the company has secured access to the US markets and are now focusing on expanding their market share in United States.

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