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Armagh-based food manufacturer expands workforce

"A family-run food business in Co Armagh has won new business with supermarket chains including Aldi after expanding its product range.

Armagh-based food manufacturer expands workforce

Davison Canners has recruited an additional 50 employees, bringing its total workforce to 60, as it brought production of their range of desserts - in-house.  

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Davison Canners have recently won deals with northern based retailer Booths and German discounter Aldi’s stores in the both in UK and Ireland.
The company, which also grows fruit and provides warehousing and storage space has recently agreed a £3.1m banking deal with HSBC and has plans to double turnover to £10m as a result of their expansion.
Two years ago the firm was also given £400,000 of funding from HSBC which was invested on a new jam and sauce manufacturing facility.
Alan Davison, Joint managing director comments: "Our long relationship with HSBC has been integral to our steady growth and has enabled us to realise our ambitions in becoming a diverse supplier of quality food products and storage solutions to a wide customer base.
Our orchards complement the food production that is now on site, we have full control over our products and the ability to innovate further.
It provides us with a great opportunity to add further value to our initial product range of fruit compotes, fillings, jams and sauces, giving us complete control of our products from primary processing through to marketing and point of sale retailing."

The company also recruited seasonal staff to meet increased demand over the Christmas period. HSBC said it had doubled the firm's working capital facilities to £2.6m, and provided £0.5m in term funding.

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