Irish food maker Kepak has invested in the expansion of its Cork production facility.

The investment, supported by the Irish government’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland, has resulted in the creation of around 100 jobs.

The expansion is part of on-going innovation, growth and investment at Kepak’s consumer food facility it said.

The plant comprises two main businesses. The core business portions and packs retail ready chilled meat packs for the Musgrave Group’s SuperValu and Centra stores in Ireland. The facility also processes a range of ‘slow cooked’ own-label and branded consumer meats and the Big Al’s branded burger range. 

“Both businesses are focused on the EU retail sector and rely on innovative customer focussed solutions to maintain growth,” the company said.

Total sales for the Kepak slow cooked business are projected to reach around EUR50m in 2013 as a result of the expansion. 

“The company is the market leader in this new and growing category both in Ireland and in the UK where it enjoys a 38% market share,” the company added.