€30m and 51 jobs in Timahoe investment

O'Brien's Fine Foods is behind the succesly sponsorship, by Brady Family Ham of the Kildare senior footballers. Naas model Daniella Moyles and Kildare captain Eamonn Callaghan in a promotion.
A €30 million investment plan by a food company will bring 51 jobs to Timahoe over the next three years, it was announced yesterday.

A €30 million investment plan by a food company will bring 51 jobs to Timahoe over the next three years, it was announced yesterday.

The jobs will be in production, research and development, sales and new product development, John O’Brien of O’Brien Fine Foods told the Leinster Leader.

He added that the new jobs would bring the total employed at their west Kildare plant to 270 by October 2014.

This investment by the company is will enable the company to develop new products and expand its operational capacity.

In particular, the company is looking at the export market.

O’Brien’s Fine Foods owns Brady Family Ham, current Kildare senior football team sponsors. In a statement issued yesterday, Monday, September 23, recruitment will begin immediately.

O’Brien Fine Foods is a family business and has been in existence since 1978. It produces premium quality cooked hams and breakfast meats under the Brady Family and Rudds brands.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Deputy Bernard Durkan welcomed the news. The latter said it was “great news and will bring with it opportunities for local employment”.

O’Brien’s Fine Foods were the first Irish ham producer certified by Bord Bia as exclusively using all Irish pork. The company now employs 225 people in two plants in Timahoe and in Birr, Co Offaly.

It has a significant share of the pre-packed sliced cooked market and has won Blas na HEireann Food award, numerous Craft Butcher Awards and Great Taste awards.