Tayto to create 58 jobs in Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster and Paul Allen Tayto is the third largest crisp and snack manufacturer in the UK

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The crisp and snack company Tayto Group Ltd is to create 58 new jobs in Northern Ireland.

The firm is committing nearly £6m in additional wages and salaries over the next five years.

Tayto is the third largest crisp and snack manufacturer in the UK.

It currently employs 390 staff at Tandragee Castle in County Armagh and a further 900 at its other UK sites.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said Tayto's investment in new jobs reflected the company's "ongoing commitment to the local area".

Invest Northern Ireland has offered Tayto £232,000 of support through the Jobs Fund to assist with its expansion.

Tayto's chief executive Paul Allen said the positions had been created as part of its long-term strategy to increase the capacity of its facilities in Northern Ireland and "to meet increased demand, both nationally and internationally".

"While we are now very much a national company, our home is very definitely in County Armagh." he said.

Tayto also has plants in Scunthorpe, Corby, Wolverhampton and Bolton.

The firm owns a number of major brands including Real, Fusion, Tayto, Golden Wonder, Rough Cuts and Mr Porky.

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