18th December

Marine Harvest signs €20m fish processing deal

Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has signed a €20m deal to have its farmed organic salmon from Kilkieran Bay processed by Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta between March and July 2015. MHI currently employs fifteen staff at the Kilkieran Bay site which it has been operating since October 2013.

Approximately 85% of the processed product will be exported to fifteen countries worldwide. 

“Marine Harvest Ireland looks to work with local partners and suppliers where at all possible and we utilise in excess of 600 local suppliers across the country," remarked Pat Connors, Sales & Processing Director.

Marine Harvest Ireland

Liam Roche, Managing Director, Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta and  Pat Connors, Sales and Processing Director, Marine Harvest Ireland

"We're delighted therefore, to announce this agreement, which will see our fish processed here in Kilkieran, making it a truly local operation. This is a significant investment and if we can bring the stock safely through to harvest in the spring of next year, will represent a major supply line for our global export business.”

Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta was established in 1988 and currently employs 45 people. Based in Kilkieran, it is part of the ISPG which is Ireland’s leading supplier of organic salmon and organic trout farmed at sea.

“This is an important contract for us, with Marine Harvest being a both global name and Ireland’s leading salmon producer. Moreover, we are very pleased to have this activity taking place in Kilkieran, not just for the staff at our facility, but for the area as a whole," remarked Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta MD Liam Roche.

He added it was their hope this initiative would be a "catalyst for further investment and activity".

Marine Harvest Ireland was founded in 1979. It is the only producer of organic salmon in the Marine Harvest Group. It employs over 280 people and contributes over €18m to the local economy.

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