Following a £1.3m investment, the new
addition to the harbour based seafood business consolidates the two previous
sites at Kilkeel South and Kilkeel North. The new site is dedicated to the
shelling and processing of langoustine caught in the Irish Sea, to be sold
across the UK and Ireland as breaded scampi.
In excess of 20 new permanent jobs have so
far been created in Kilkeel with more to come as the new facility becomes fully
Daniel Whittle, managing director of parent
company Whitby Seafoods said, "We are very excited about our new factory,
which we believe to be world leading in quality scampi processing. We're
delighted to continue to invest in Kilkeel as we recognise the value of the
dedicated Northern Irish prawn fishermen working in this area and the benefit
our experienced and skilled staff bring to our business."