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2 minute read - 6th March 2024

Davison Canners invests £6m in new manufacturing facility

Armagh-based food manufacturer, Davison Canners, has invested £6m in a new manufacturing facility outside Portadown.

As a result of the investment, the company will create 31 new jobs and expects to see its turnover double by 2027. The investment in the new highly automated facility has enabled the company to secure new business producing ready-to-eat desserts, such as individual cheesecakes, premium trifles and new high-protein desserts for retail customers in Ireland and Great Britain.

The company, which is now in its second generation, started out as a producer of fruit compotes and jams before expanding into its hot-eat dessert puddings. supplying a range of customers in Ireland and GB.

Armagh-based food manufacturer Davison Canners has invested £6m in a new manufacturing facility outside Portadown / Picture: Invest NI

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Alan Davison, managing director of Davison Canners, said: “Our commitment to producing best-in-class desserts and to nurturing relationships with our core customers has rewarded us with sustained growth. We are continually reviewing our business model, developing new innovative products and always looking for ways to expand into new areas in response to customer demands. We are excited to take this next step in the company’s strategic growth and develop a new range of cold-eat desserts, that opens up significant new opportunities for us.”

Kieran Donoghue, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, added: “I’m pleased to be in Armagh today to meet the team at Davison Canners. Providing good jobs, promoting regional balance and driving up productivity are all priorities outlined in the Minister’s Economic Vision last month. This investment ticks all three of these boxes.

“This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will drive up productivity by improving efficiencies, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and ultimately supporting Davison Canners in its ambition to be more competitive and well-placed to secure new deals with multiple retailers. The 31 new jobs that will be created in Armagh will deliver additional benefits for our economy, with almost £900,000 in salaries annually.

“For 15 years Invest NI has worked with the company to support its sustained and profitable growth. This has included providing support for the new equipment it needed when it began production of its ‘Simply Puddings’ range, which enabled the company to increase productivity and improve its efficiencies.”

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