IRELAND – Crust & Crumb, the manufacturers of chilled pizzas, pizza bases and flat breads, has made plans to build a US$5.8 million new factory in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, supported by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.

According to the company, this development into its new location at Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, will enable expansion into the large and growing chilled pizza market in mainland EU countries.

It added that approximately 80 full time jobs will also be created at the facility.

Crust and Crumb Bakery Limited (NI), the parent company, supplies retailers with chilled pizzas, pizza bases and flat breads and has been in operation since 2011.

It operates two premises in Derrylyn Co. Fermanagh with a total floor area of 25,000 ft2.

One of these is dedicated to gluten free products while the second plant manufactures all other products in the portfolio.

The portfolio of products includes ranges of chilled pizzas of various shapes and sizes, generally as Retailer Luxury Private Label with the use of novel bases such as pea flour bases to satisfy demand for low-carb, high protein pizzas for the likes of the Muscle Food brand.

Officiating at the announcement, Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said, “This is a great day for Crust & Crumb, the surrounding communities and the entire county of Cavan.

Ensuring we have the right conditions in place to encourage job creation in the regions is a big priority of mine, so I am delighted to see such a significant investment going into Ballyconnell.

I would like to warmly congratulate Crust & Crumb on this fantastic announcement and look forward to seeing them reaching new heights with the talented workforce here in the local area.”