Dungannon-based pet food manufacturer, Mackle Petfoods has invested \u00a35.7m and created 31 new jobs in a major expansion plan to \u201cdouble its turnover\u201d.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe SME is known across Europe for its Naturo range. To support this new project, Invest NI, which has an established relationship with the manufacturer, has offered \u00a3599,000 towards the new jobs and the purchasing of new equipment\r\n\r\nInvest NI has supported Mackle Foods in exploring new markets and providing assistance to exhibit and attend trade shows in Europe and further afield, which has also helped it to develop and increase its brand awareness and build \u201csuccessful relationships\u201d with both new and existing customers.\r\n\r\nMaking the announcement, Invest NI\u2019s CEO, Kevin Holland said: \u201cMackle Petfoods is an ambitious family-owned business with a long history in the Mid Ulster area.\r\n\r\n\u201cThrough continued innovation the company has developed a premium offering for the UK and European pet food markets. The company is now making further investment, which highlights its drive and commitment to growing its business further and significantly increase export sales.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWith our support, the company is purchasing new equipment to help it streamline its manufacturing processes and create 31 new jobs. Once in place, the jobs will contribute over \u00a3700,000 in additional annual salaries for the Northern Ireland economy. As we work to rebuild our economy post COVID-19, this is a welcome boost for the local Mid Ulster area.\u201d\r\n\r\nJohn Mackle, managing director of Mackle Petfoods, said: \u201cOver the last five years focusing on continued investment in our Naturo brand, we have experienced strong growth with the introduction of our premium products and expansion of our Naturo range. This investment will help us grow further to provide more products and export our brands further.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe onset of Covid-19 has reinforced the importance of innovating our business, providing excellent product, supporting our team and increasing our export sales.\u00a0 We are ambitious to expand across Europe and into the US where the petfood market is the largest in the world.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cWorking with Invest NI we have had great support in exporting our products and this investment will help us to expand Naturo further, recruit new staff and purchase new state of the art equipment to increase our production capacity. We look forward to continuing this partnership over the coming years.\u201d\r\n\r\nMackle Petfoods offers 29 varieties of its premium Naturo products and operates from two sites, its manufacturing facility in Moy and a packaging and distribution site in Moygashel.