The jobs announcement follows an investment of g3.3 million in new specialised equipment to remove offal - heart, liver and gizzard – from its chickens. The majority of the offal will be exported to the Asian market, China in particular where chicken offal is a popular food. Prior to this development much of this material would have been going to waste each month because the demand for chicken offal in the Irish market is low.
Vincent Carton, managing director of Carton Bros and member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance and Meat & Livestock Board, made the jobs announcement at The Taste of Cavan event on Thursday. The event showcasing local Cavan food produce attracted a crowd of more than 7,000 visitors according to the event organisers.
“As a company we are always looking at ways to maximise the return for the product we produce. We have to be innovative and constantly researching markets to find new avenues of income. We already export 50 tonnes of chicken feet to the Asian market each month,” said Vincent Carton.
The announcement is welcomed at a time in which the poultry industry in Ireland has been under intense pressure with the rising cost of wheat and other cereals used to feed its chickens.
All 48 jobs will be in place early in the New Year.