MARINE Harvest Ireland (MHI) and Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta (CCET) have signed a deal to process MHI stock from its Kilkieran Bay site – which has been operating since October 2013 and employs 15 staff – in 2015.
The Galway Advertiser reports that the agreement will see €20m worth of MHI’s ‘Irish Organic Salmon Co’ product processed between March and July 2015, of which around 85 per cent will be exported worldwide.
The Sales and Processing Director of MHI, Pat Connors, said: ‘Marine Harvest Ireland looks to work with local partners and suppliers where at all possible and we utilise in excess of 600 local suppliers across the country.
‘We are delighted, therefore, to announce this agreement, which will see our fish processed here in Kilkieran, making it a truly local operation.
‘This is a significant investment and if we can bring the stock safely through to harvest in the spring of next year, will represent a major supply line for our global export business.’
Based in Kilkieran and part of the Irish Seafood Producers Group (ISPG) – Ireland’s leading supplier of organically sea-farmed salmon and trout, Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta was founded in 1988 and employs 45 people.
MD of Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta, Liam Roche said: ‘This is an important contract for us, with Marine Harvest being a both global name and Ireland’s leading Salmon producer.
‘Moreover, we are very pleased to have this activity taking place in Kilkieran, not just for the staff at our facility, but for the area as a whole.
‘It is our hope that this can be a catalyst for further investment and activity.’