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50 jobs at risk at Carlow meat plant

Kepak say that competition from the UK and New Zealand have impacted their business.

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FIFTY JOBS MAY be gone at a meat-processing plant in Carlow.

Kepak has informed staff at the plant in Hacketstown that it is to review its meat division structures, as well as the Hacketstown plant.

The plant employs 50 people, but throughput has dropped by around half in the last decade.

A spokesperson for the company told Agriland that the review was aimed at making the plant competitive.

“The cost structure needs to be addressed to make it competitive; the plant is underutilised and we have to take a hard look at whether or not the plant has a viable future as a stand-alone operation.

“Kepak is fully committed to retain its position as a key lamb processor in the Irish market. Kepak Athleague, County Roscommon, is a state-of-the-art vertically integrated lamb slaughtering and cutting facility, which has been heavily invested in recent years and now is the Group’s centre of innovation in lamb processing and it delivers world-class efficiencies and quality product.”

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