French company Cité Marine, which specialises in battered fish products, is investing EUR10m in increasing the capacity of its plant in Kervignac, in Brittany.

It produces 900,000 portions daily at the plant and output is set to rise to more than 1m fresh and frozen portions daily following the 7,000 sq m extension, which is scheduled to be completed by summer 2011.

The expansion is also expected to lead to the creation of 70 jobs, the company told just-food.

Cité Marine, majority-owned by Japanese group Nissui since 2007, already employs 425 staff at the site. It posted a turnover of EUR80m in 2009.

The increase in capacity at the Kervignac plant could provide scope for Cité Marine to develop its export trade, which accounts for only a small part of total sales.