Our new Centre of Excellence was unveiled last Friday, 18th November 2016, by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs also attended the opening of our impressive new 1,700 square metre facility which represent a €3 million investment.
Established in 1962, Silver Hill Foods has achieved tremendous success in recent years both in domestic and overseas markets. We have more than doubled production in the last five years from 36,000 ducks per week to 82,500 per week. The domestic retail market has quadrupled in Ireland and this has seen Silver Hill Foods position itself as the fastest growing product in the poultry category in Ireland & the UK, due to the superior roasting qualities of our unique Silver Hill Duck. Further success has been achieved among our Asian customers. Our duck commands a premium price in Singapore, where chefs have christened Silver Hill’s unique breed of duck ‘The Mother of All Duck’. We are currently exporting 5,000 ducks per week across more than 20 high end restaurants in Singapore. Testament to our growing global ambition can be seen in the 24 countries we currently supply the best duck in the world to, making Silver Hill Foods 70% export led at present.
This increase in performance has prompted the creation of 52 new jobs since 2013. As well as that the addition of 21 contract growers across 8 counties both north and south of the border provided further indirect employment and supplementary income to Irish families. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys in her speech at last Friday’s opening stated “The Agri-food sector is an important source of jobs and economic activity in Cavan and Monaghan and Silver Hill’s success is great for the region, as it is a significant local employer”.
Last Friday’s opening marks an exciting new chapter in the company’s history. The new Centre of Excellence will allow us to meet further demand in Asian markets and expand into new markets such as Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia. To ensure we meet demand, we have set ourselves the ambitious target of increasing the number of ducks processed per week from 82,500 – 150,000 in the next 5 years. This will be a further stepping stone to achieving the company’s overall mission to supply quality duck and duck products to outlets across the world with the promise of further employment in a variety of high skilled jobs.