Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition concludes a €180m expansion programme with the opening of a €26m production line in Wexford

Minister Bruton announces the creation of 50 new jobs as part of the Enterprise Ireland supported expansion programme

Increased Capacity to Support the Growing Demand for High Quality Infant and Toddler Milks in Europe and Asia 

24th November 2014

Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today (Monday 24th November, 2014) officially opened Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition’s extended facility in Wexford. The recently completed expansion is the final phase of a €180m investment programme that has taken place at the Company’s Irish operations in Macroom and Wexford over the past four years. By end 2014 employment will have increased at Danone in Ireland from 180 to over 400 people - this figure includes the additional 50 jobs that are being created as part of the investment announced today.

The final element of the expansion, new state of the art production line at the company’s Wexford facility, was officially opened by the Minister today. This project involves an investment of €26m, not previously announced. The recruitment process for the 50 new roles has commenced, and all roles are expected to be filled by the end of this year.

This project has been supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. said: “I am delighted to be back in Wexford to announce the creation of a further 50 new jobs at the Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition facility. Three years ago my Department put in place the South East Plan to deal with the historic unemployment problems in this region – today’s announcement is the latest in a string of announcements, from Irish companies in particular, that have contributed to jobs growth of over 14,000 in the region in the past three years. These high quality manufacturing jobs will have a major knock-on impact on the local economy in particular in the dairy industry. I wish Donal and his team every success with this project”.

Commenting about today’s jobs announcement and the official opening of the extended facility, Donal Courtney, Managing Director, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition Ireland said: “We have a significant track record of growth and investment in Ireland over the past four years. This reflects both a growing demand for our products in the European and Asian markets as well as the high regard in which the Irish operations are held amongst the Danone Groupe. Locating our state of the art new generation packaging line in Wexford reinforces the strategic nature of the Irish based operations. This investment would not have been possible without the support of Minister Bruton and his colleagues at Enterprise Ireland – we are very grateful for their continued support.”

Operations Director for Danone in Ireland, Donal Dennehy spoke about the strength of Ireland’s reputation in helping to attract further investment: “We are delighted that as Danone’s operations grow in Ireland so too do the Co-ops that supply us the milk to manufacture our base powders. Danone is an integral part of the agricultural and farming community and are proud members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme. We will continue to work with our suppliers and partners from the Dairy Industry to further enhance the sustainability efforts that we have in place and to ensure that our growth has a long term positive impact on our economy, the community and society.”

Welcoming the announcement Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland Manager Food Division, said: “Food is Ireland’s largest indigenous sector and critically important to our economic wellbeing. Today’s official opening of Danone’s state-of-the-art new generation production and packaging line is exciting and very timely - not just for Danone’s Irish operations, but also for the Irish dairy industry. Danone’s investment in its Irish operations further underpins Ireland’s world-wide reputation in food innovation and highlights our standing as a world leader in the food industry. Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support this significant strategic investment and looks forward to working with Danone as they continue to grow and develop their international sales – sustaining and creating jobs in Ireland”.

During the construction phase of the project, overseen by local Site Leader Liam Carmody, a total of 120 jobs were created. The 50 new roles are in areas such as quality, food science, operations, engineering as well as supply chain and logistics. Recruitment is currently underway and more information can be found at recruit.wexford@danone.com.

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