HOPES FOR JOBS AS NEW COMPANY TAKES OVER FORMER COOTEHILL POULTRY PLANT

11 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY MICHAEL MCDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

THE ANNOUNCEMENT this week that the former Co-operative Poultry Products plant in Cootehill has been sold to Lyntop Ltd has been tentatively welcomed in the wider locality, where hopes have been expressed that some or all of the jobs at the former chicken factory can be saved.
The new owner, who paid an undisclosed sum for the plant, will concentrate on producing food for the ‘halal’ market, and has stressed that this will allow the company to avoid competing in an already saturated Irish market and instead seek to build up a healthy export trade.
Halal foods are primarily aimed at the Islamic community and are produced under preparatory and dietary guidelines set out in accordance with Islamic religious beliefs.
The head of the new company, Mr Zahid Hussain, assured the Northern Standard yesterday that Lyntop hoped to be up and running as soon as possible and would be seeking staff from the former Co-op Poultry Products workforce to operate the new plant.
Mr Hussain said he was fully aware that the poultry plant was built-up locally over the years, and stated that it was his company’s intention, in due course, to re-establish it to full production — “as it was before” — and to include former employees and chicken growers in reaching that objective.
The long-established Co-operative Poultry Products Ltd closed last October with the loss of up on 90 jobs, including about 70 production staff. About 25 chicken growers, mainly from the Co Monaghan area (about one-third of whom had been shareholders) were also left with no output for their product.
The production workers, the majority of whom were of eastern-European nationality and living in the local area, had staged a sit-in for a number of …

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