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Thirty new jobs for Moville 29.11.11

by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent

UP TO thirty new jobs will be created in Moville with a milk and food processing plant set to open for business in the town in less than two months.
Moolicious, a new dairy company, will produce sachets and pots of long life milk for export to the UK market and eight other countries across Europe.
Using the latest available technology, the innovative plant will produce millions of small units of long-life milk, which, unlike the UHT equivalent, will retain a fresh taste for up to twelve months.
The man behind Moolicious, Mick Murphy, said he has already been inundated with CVs even though he hasn’t yet officially advertised the jobs and the factory isn’t due to begin production until next January.
“Every time I go into the factory there is another CV behind the door. Word of mouth has really spread,” he said.
Working behind the scenes on the factory since 2006, Mick revealed that the vast majority of staff will be recruited locally over the next number of weeks.
“I’ll have to bring in a few technical people from outside the area but most of the positions will be filled by people from the local area. These are high-skilled technical jobs and training will be provided on site,” he said.
With experience of setting up factories for others across the world, this is the first time Mick has established his own processing operation. He has also worked in the creameries industry for more than a decade and has used those contacts to ensure that his new Moville venture will become an unqualified success.
“We have already sold out the first five years worth of the Moolicious product so it’s not a case of introducing it and hoping that it will be successful – we already know it will be,” he said.
Mick said many people told him he was mad to set-up a factory in Moville but he thinks the location is proving ideal.
“I have everything I need in the town. Local people and businesses have been unbelievable in their support for this new venture,” he said.
Also praising Enterprise Ireland and AIB for backing his idea, Mick said he should be trading at Glencrow, Moville before the end of January. Beginning with milk, the factory will also produce other sterile-packed long life food items in the near future.

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