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Birgitta Hedin Curtin of The Burren Smoke House with John Doyle - Business RM AIB, Andy Smith - UPS Country Manager and Christopher Deans - UPS Country Sales Manager in Lisdoonvarna recently. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan.

Jobs boost at Smokehouse

SEVEN full-time jobs will be created in Lisdoonvarna, along with 10 seasonal ones, it has been announced.

The Burren Smokehouse has signed a contract with global logistics company UPS, as part of plans to broaden its overseas footprint. The deal coincides with an announcement by the producer of Burren smoked salmon, trout and mackerel products to invest €150,000 in its existing operations and to create new jobs at its production facility in Lisdoonvarna.

The collaboration with UPS will mean The Burren Smokehouse products sold online can be delivered around the world.

As well as restructuring its e-commerce activity, The Burren Smokehouse is also expanding operations at its production facility and will be launching a new brand inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way later this year.

Owner Birgitta Hedin-Curtin said, “We are investing in our integrated systems, allowing for greater e-commerce activity and higher efficiencies in terms of customer care and our global customer footprint. At our production facility in County Clare, we are extending our premises to facilitate the ongoing growth of our business.

“We are also targeting an increase in our workforce from 18 to 25 in the coming two to three years and will be creating 10 additional seasonal jobs this coming winter,” added Ms Hedin-Curtin.

“We are very grateful to Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Enterprise Ireland for committing financial support under their respective Seafood Processing Business Investment and Lean Business Offers schemes. We also received valuable support from Bord Bia for our rebranding and export plans,” she concluded.

Commenting on the signing of a service level agreement with The Burren Smokehouse, Andy Smith, country manager, UPS Ireland, said, “Small to medium-sized enterprises, such as The Burren Smokehouse, are crucial to the future of the Irish economy. UPS is delighted to be collaborating with The Burren Smokehouse, helping them to capture the full benefit of growth opportunities abroad. Working hand-in-hand, we have provided bespoke advice and solutions to support their needs as they grow their footprint internationally.”

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