Bell announces Farmageddon Brewery Co-Operative Limited’s expansion
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced Farmageddon Brewery Co-Operative Limited is investing over £100,000 as part of a two year expansion plan.
The Comber-based craft beer business produces a range of unpasteurised and unfiltered ale and has recently invested in new brewing equipment as part of its continued growth.
Speaking following a visit to the company’s premises, Minister said: “Farmageddon Brewery Co-Operative Limited is an exciting young business committed to making the most of the growing popularity for craft beer across a range of international markets.
“The investment in new equipment, marketing and job creation is welcome news for Ards and North Down creating new employment opportunities in the region. Invest Northern Ireland has offered £16,500 to support Farmageddon’s development strategy which include market visits, attending trade shows and recruiting four new jobs over the next two years. These activities will enable the company to expand its product range and raise awareness of its products in its target markets.
“The continued expansion of this brewery, producing locally made hand crafted beers, is a positive development for our food and drink sector. It is pleasing to see so many local producers succeeding in this growth market. 2016 has been designated the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink which will see a year-long celebration of the great taste of our food and drink. The initiative aims to promote Northern Ireland globally as a top food destination and each month has a special theme with April the turn of our brewing and distilling industry.”
Susan Jackson from Farmageddon Brewery Co-Operative Limited, said: “Our aim over the next two years is to increase awareness among potential new customers by carrying out market visits and attending trade shows such as the Craft Beer Rising festival in February.
“This investment is an important milestone in our development. Invest NI’s assistance is enabling us to implement these growth plans and explore new business opportunities in markets such as China and Mexico.
“We aim to capitalise on the growing interest in craft beer and leverage our enhanced capabilities and resources to secure new sales outside Northern Ireland.”