The latest accounts to the end of September 2017 show a significant increase in turnover at Dungannon-headquartered Linden Foods. It increased from £182.7m to £199.3m, but still translated into a relatively small operating profit of £336,640, up £85,000 on the previous year.

The company, which operates NI’s largest abattoir, alongside its flagship meat processing facility in Co Tyrone, also owns a small abattoir at Burradon in the north of England, plus has a 95% shareholding in Fermanagh-based Kettyle Foods. Linden Foods employs more than 1,100 people.