Finnebrogue Artisan has opened a new state-of-the-art vegan and vegetarian factory as the sausage maker diversifies its product offering.
The Irish firm, which over the last year launched the first mass-produced nitrite-free alternatives, has invested £3 million in the facility as it looks to step up its meat-free offerings.
Finnebrogue has been producing vegetarian and vegan products for three years, but the opening of a brand-new factory marks a significant up-scaling of the firm’s meat-free production.
The new facility is expected to turnover £30 million a year when at full capacity – and will provide up to 90 new jobs in County Down.
“Finnebrogue has always prided itself on providing consumers delicious, innovative products – and given the increasing demand for vegan and vegetarian alternatives – this new factory was the obvious next step in our extraordinary growth,” said Managing Director Brian McMonagle.
“We are determined not to stand still and are always looking to make food the best it can possibly be, without being bound by the way it’s always been done. More and more people are switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet – and even meat eaters are increasingly seeking a day or two off a week.”
He added: “Alongside the opening of our new factory, our new product development team is doing extensive work to make some of the tastiest meat-free products on the market.”