Tulip has unveiled joint plans with its owners, the Danish Crown Group, to invest £16m in its Cornish operation.
The plan will see the Group make significant investments in de-boning facilities at its Bugle site (pictured), which will make it the “largest de-boning facility in the country” as well as maintaining its existing capability to produce traditional cure and smoked pork products.
The company also announced the planned installation of a new air drying and linear curing facility at its Redruth site that it said will “see that business grow by around 40%”.
The £16m investment is being part funded with a Government Regional Fund grant of £4.8m. Although the expansion plans are subject to final planning approval, work should start on the project during the autumn of 2014 with completion targeted for the first half of 2015.
“This is a very exciting time for our business and for Cornwall,” said Tulip’s CEO, Chris Thomas, adding that the completed programme will create 250 new jobs.
“I am delighted that our parent company Danish Crown has chosen to invest in this region, a decision due in the main to the skill and commitment of our colleagues here in Cornwall, the encouragement and support we have received from local government, regional agencies and in particular local MP Stephen Gilbert.”
A decision on the company’s planning application is expected within the next two months.