Danone Baby Nutrition marks the 125th anniversary of manufacturing
Minister Bruton announces 45 jobs as part of the Expansion Plan
Enterprise Ireland Supported Investment of €20m Supports the Growing Demand forInfant and Toddler Milks in Europe
Wexford, Ireland, June 25th, 2012: Danone Baby Nutrition, the manufacturer and distributor of specialised infant and toddler milks, today announced that it is investing €20 million in its Wexford manufacturing facility to meet growing demand for its products across the European market. This investment will create approximately 45 new jobs at the Wexford plant and builds on the €50m that has been invested in the company’s other Irish based manufacturing facility in Macroom, Co. Cork since December 2010. As with the Macroom investment the €20m investment in Wexford is supported by the Irish Government through Enterprise Ireland.
Pictured at Danone’s facility in Wexford are (L-R):Donal Courtney, MD, Danone Ireland, Frank Ryan, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, Enda McDonnell, Regional Director SE, Enterprise Ireland, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, TD.
Speaking at the facility in Wexford, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. said: “Building and developing our manufacturing industries is a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and we have committed to achieving a net increase of 20,000 in the number of people at work in this sector by 2016. Key to this will be exploiting the strengths that we have developed and building on industries and sectors already thriving here. Today’s announcement that Danone, a world-leading company in this particular sector, is investing €20million in its Wexford manufacturing plant and creating 45 jobs is a real endorsement of the quality of our agriculture and our industry, and is great news for the South East. I welcome the continued support from Danone and look forward to building on this announcement in the years to come.”
The decision to expand the operations in Ireland coincides with the 125th anniversary of manufacturing Cow & Gate infant and toddler milks in Ireland and underscores the continued importance of the Irish operations to the company globally. The company also manufactures the Aptamil product range in Macroom and Wexford.
The investment will fund a new processing and packing line as well as lead to increased employment in areas such as operations, food science, engineering and logistics. The expansion will double the capacity of the facility to 70,000 tonnes annually in finished packed product of brands including Aptamil and Cow & Gate.
Construction of the new facility commenced in March and is scheduled to be completed by January of next year with commercial operations commencing in February. A total of 120 people are being employed for the duration of the construction phase.
Detailing today’s announcement, Donal Courtney, Managing Director, Danone Ireland said: “We are delighted to announce our plans for further expansion in Ireland. Danone Baby Nutrition’s focus on research and innovation continues to enhance the nutritional value of our products for infants and toddlers leading to continued growth in demand from across Europe for our milk products which include Aptamil and Cow & Gate.
“I would like to recognize the continued support from the Government and its agencies, particularly Enterprise Ireland. This additional commitment builds on the €50m investment announced for Macroom last year. The combined expansion of both sites makes Ireland a very strategic location for the Danone Group and one that is playing a significant role in the continued growth and success of the company.”
Operations Director, Danone Baby Nutrition, Donal Dennehy said:”Danone has a long and positive experience of manufacturing here – we first started to manufacture Cow & Gate products in Ireland 125 years ago so it is fantastic that we are further deepening our roots and our commitment during this celebratory year. The continued investments in our Irish operations means that Ireland is now home to the most technologically advanced production facilities in the region and positions us well for continued growth into the future.
“In addition to the creation of 45 new jobs and the jobs created during construction phase I am delighted that the expansion of our production is having a significant impact on the farming community throughout Ireland. The quality of product consistently delivered to Danone by the local farming community is a key strength when we compete for new investment here in Ireland.”
In addition to the quality of the supply chain in Ireland there are a number of other factors which contributed to the selection of the Wexford facility for this new investment. These included the strong track record of quality production at the Wexford factory, synergies with its sister manufacturing facility in Macroom, the track record of the team in Ireland and the support of the Irish Government and Enterprise Ireland.
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About Danone in Ireland
Danone in Ireland is comprised of Danone Baby Nutrition, Danone Dairy Ireland and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition. A total of 350 people are directly employed by the Group in Ireland with at least 375 people employed indirectly through out-sourcing of logistical services, merchandising and sales. Today’s investment will increase the direct employment number by approximately 40.
The Wexford manufacturing facility produces consumer packs of Infant Milk such as Aptamil, Cow & Gate, Nutrilon and Bebilon for the Irish, UK, Dutch, Belgian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish markets. The site also produces Infant Milk Base Powder for sister baby-food sites within the group.
The Macroom manufacturing facility produces Infant Milk Base Powder for sister baby-food sites within the Group, and is currently undertaking a €50m expansion project currently in the commissioning phase.
Danone Baby Nutrition produces and supplies the highest quality nutrition to babies and toddlers everyday through operational excellence in Wexford and Macroom. Baby Nutrition pioneers global R&D in the field of infant nutrition. Our Baby Nutrition teams continue to build close relationships with healthcare authorities and medical professionals, emphasizing the importance of understanding that the special nutritional requirements of babies are different from those of adults – while naturally recognizing that breast feeding is the best solution for babies in compliance with the WHO code.
About Danone Groupe
Danone is one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. The group, whose products are sold on five continents, has more than 180 production plants and around 100,000 employees. In 2011, Danone generated sales of €19 billion, of which more than half were in emerging markets. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Baby Nutrition, Bottled Water, and Medical Nutrition. Listed on Euronext Paris, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, ASPI Eurozone and the Ethibel Sustainability Index.