Food


28
May 14

Emydex Technology to Create 20 Software Js in Dublin

Emydex Technology is to create 20 full-time software jobs in Dublin over the next eighteen months, doubling its workforce.

The agri-food software company, which already employs 22 staff, has announced a major deal with the Meat Corporation of Namibia (MeatCo) in Africa.

The meat processing and marketing organisation works on behalf of Namibian farmers and the two-year €300,000 contract will involve six separate MeatCo sites in the Sub-Saharan country.

Emydex Technology CEO David McMahon said the company is benefitting from export-led growth in the agri-food sector.

“Thanks to the solid growth in Irish food exports, there is a corresponding growth in demand for more sophisticated and robust software systems for production management, reporting and traceability. Responding to this growing demand, we will be doubling our workforce over the next 18 months, recruiting twenty highly skilled software programmers to work in our three main operating divisions in Dublin.”

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4
Apr 14

50 new Jobs with Freshways Ireland Sandwich Plant in Finglas

50 new jobs are to be created as a result of Kerry Foods’ acquisition of sandwich company Freshways Ireland.

The production facility at Finglas in Dublin will continue to employ more than 170 staff following the deal.

The new positions in the areas of Finance, Sales & Marketing and IT will come on stream over the next 12 months.

The company produces 300,000 handmade sandwiches each week for customers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as manufacturing sandwich filler for delis and convenience stores.

Recruitment Information:

Recruitment details for the new roles are not yet available. Freshways has previously recriuted through IrishJobs.ie.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Kerry Foods are available here.

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14
Dec 13

Glanbia to Create 90 Jobs in Dublin and Monaghan

ballyragget/glanbia, IrelandGlanbia, the global performance nutrition and ingredients group, this morning announced two new investments in Ireland that is set to create 90 jobs in Monaghan and Dublin.

Glanbia Consumer Products, owner of the Avonmore and Premier brands, will build a new UHT (ultra-heat-treated) facility to produce long-life liquid milk and cream suitable for export to emerging markets such as China, Europe and the Middle East.  The new facility in Monaghan is expected to be operational by early 2014 and will employ up to 40 people. It will manufacture a range of standard and fortified UHT milk and cream products, including export versions of Glanbia’s market dairy leading brand, Avonmore Milk.

The announcement follows increased collaboration between Irish and Chinese Government Officials, with recent visits to China by both Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. China is active in seeking sustainable sources of quality dairy produce globally, to meet its growing domestic demand for dairy.

This investment is being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Agriculture and Food and is part of an international business development Glanbia Consumer Products is undertaking.

In other corporate developments, Glanbia Global Performance Nutrition is locating its Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) head office in Dublin to support the international growth of its leading sports nutrition brand family.

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24
Sep 13

380 Jobs Announced Nationwide

Stream Global Services, a business outsourcing company, is creating 50 permanent jobs and a further 200 seasonal positions at facilities in Swords and Santry in Dublin.

And more than 130 new jobs are to be created by three separate Irish food companies over the next three years in a €9m investment programme.

30 positions will be created at Green Farm Foods in Rathowen County Westmeath, O’Brien Fine Foods in Co. Kildare is to take on an extra 51 staff while a further 53 jobs will come on stream at Swift Fine Foods in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.

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28
Jul 13

Cork Spice Company Signs €500k Investment Deal.

 Arun Kapil (centre) of Green Saffron, Marc Amand of La Rousse Foods Ireland and Jenny Melia, manager of food and beverages  at Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandIrish spice company Green Saffron has secured investment worth €500,000 to expand into new markets including the UK, mainland Europe, the US and India.

The Cork-based company signed an investment deal with Marc Amand of La Rousse Foods and Enterprise Ireland to take the Green Saffron the brand to the UK within 12 months, and then on to mainland Europe, India and the US.

The expansion plan will see Green Saffron’s Irish workforce grow by 80 per cent by the end of next year. The company currently employs nine staff full time.

“The investment funds are being put straight to work, focusing on three main areas: supply activation, strengthening group infrastructure and funding promotional activity. We’ll be developing our unit in Midleton into a centre of excellence for spice innovation,” said Green Saffron founder Arun Kapil.

He said the centre would allow the company to produce large-volume milled blends at the same time as providing a laboratory for experimentation and research. The facility will have the capacity to produce 2.5 tonnes of spice blend per week.

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7
Jun 13

Irish app Temptster in Tech All Stars final 12.

Irish app Temptster in Tech All Stars final 12Temptster, the Irish-developed smartphone app which allows restaurants and clubs to promote offers when they’re not fully booked, has made it through to the final 12 of the EU-backed competition ‘Tech All Stars’.

Foodservices entrepreneur Ollie Fegan came up with the app, which was launched in February this year, using GPS technology to identify the user’s location and display all available offers in nearby bars and restaurants.

Organised by the European Commission Information Society and Media, Tech All Stars aims to foster web entrepreneurship, and connect start-ups with the people and resources to help them succeed.

Vice president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes supports the initiative, believing that young technology talent is key to European recovery.

Fegan will represent Ireland and his Temptster app at the Berlin Tech All Stars forum this weekend, an opportunity he described as “incredible”.

“We get to pick the brains of mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors at the top of their game, and get feedback on our business pitch.  Many of the start-ups, whether or not they feature in the final three, secure valuable backers and business deals on the back of Tech All Stars.”

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21
Apr 13

Student Project that Tackles Food Waste Problem Wins Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award

A Trinity student-led initiative has won the prestigious Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) ‘Minnovation’ Award at the competition finals.

The winning ‘Food Glorious Food’ project aims to bridge the ever growing gap between food waste and food poverty. The SEI has recognised the success of this Dublin based project in tackling the food waste crisis in Ireland.

Ireland is the 5th worst nation in Europe for food wastage per head. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that we produce 1 million tonnes of food waste each year. The ‘Food Glorious Food’ project has created a ‘virtual food bank’, whereby restaurants and catering facilities with surplus food, which may once have been thrown in the rubbish bin, are linked with charities through a smart phone app. Those charities can then redistribute the surplus produce to the most vulnerable within our society.

Commenting on winning the award, final year Business and Economics student and Project Leader Iseult Ward said: “Everyone at Food Glorious Food HQ is overwhelmed at the success of the project thus far. To win the ‘Minnovation’ award is undoubtedly a massive step in the development of the project. Thanks to the support of the SEI and their financial backing, we are hopeful that the project, which relies upon the tremendous effort of student volunteers, will be able to expand beyond the current pilot scheme to across the nation”.

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23
Aug 12

McDonald’s creates 70 Dublin jobs

McDonald's creates 70 Dublin jobsNorth Dublin is in for an employment boost after fast food giant McDonald’s launched a new eatery in Charlestown, creating 70 full and part-time restaurant jobs in the Irish capital.

The drive-through establishment is located on junction 5 just off the M50 and has the capacity for serving some 95 people.

This brings the number of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland to 82 overall, with the multinational firm now employing roughly 4,000 staff across the country.

McDonald’s Charlestown franchisee Morgan McStay suggested that the reaction from customers has been “very strong” so far.

“I expect that strong trading performance to continue and I look forward to building up our customer base in the months and years ahead,” he added.

Adrian Crean, managing director of McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland, argued that the move indicates the company’s commitment to helping the Irish economy grow.

The firs McDonald’s opened in Ireland in 1977, while the country also laid claim to the first drive-through restaurant in Europe.

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31
Jul 12

Irish Economy: IBEC food and drinks subgroup dreams of 30,000 new jobs by 2020

Irish Economy: IBEC subgroup, Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), which represents the food and drinks sector, today published a brochure ‘Sharing the Harvest: The Food and Drink Sector Jobs Dividend‘, [pdf] which claims that 230,00 jobs in the economy are linked to the agri-food sector which spends €7.9bn in the economy on goods and services every year. The brochure suggests that 30,000 new jobs could be created if the sector achieves the ambitious export growth targets set out in Food Harvest 2020.

FDII says to achieve the ambitious targets, the sector needs, among other things, financing facilities to support expansion and the development of new companies in the sector, and reduced business costs. If the Government puts the right policies in place, this important sector will drive growth in the wider economy, more so than any other in manufacturing.

FDII director Paul Kelly said: “Ireland’s food and drink sector is deeply embedded in the Irish economy, which means that an increased focus on food will drive growth in the wider economy as well as in the sector itself. The food sector spends €7.9bn, or 76% of its total expenditure, on Irish goods and services. This represents a significantly higher contribution to the domestic economy than in any other area of manufacturing. If we increase exports to €12bn, the sector will potentially deliver in the region of 30,000 jobs across the whole economy due to the proportionate increase in spend by the sector.”

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Alan Matthews who is professor emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College Dublin, said last March: “The most striking thing about the trend in the value of agricultural output (measured at basic prices, which includes the value of any coupled payments or premia linked to the output a farmer produces) is that, following some growth in the early 1990s, it has basically stagnated since then.

At the same time, expenditure on agricultural inputs has steadily increased, partly due to greater volumes but also to higher prices.

Throughout the period, farm incomes have remained static (again, with the exception of the dip in 2009).”

He added: “Less than 7% of Irish farmers are under 35 years of age, and 45% are over 55. While this demographic structure has characterised Irish farming for some time, it is an unpromising basis as a platform to launch a major increase in output.

Thus there are promising opportunities for Irish farming in the future, but these opportunities should be evaluated realistically. The lessons of the past are that sudden changes in the trajectory of farm output and incomes are unlikely.”

During the bubble period, 2000-2007, 10,000 direct jobs were added in the whole indigenous international tradeable goods and services sectors. All these jobs were subsequently lost.

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27
Jun 12

Danone to create 45 new jobs

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said Danone's ?20million investment in Wexford manufacturing plantMinister for Jobs Richard Bruton said Danone’s ?20million investment in Wexford manufacturing plant

Food company Danone is to create 45 new jobs as part of a €20 million expansion plan at its manufacturing facility in Wexford.

The multinational manufacturer is investing in the Wexford facility to meet growing demand for its infant nutrition products across Europe.

The investment will fund a new processing and packing line, doubling the capacity of the facility to 70,000 tonnes annually in finished packed product of brands including Aptamil and Cow & Gate.

The new jobs will be created in operations, food science, engineering and logistics.

The €20 million investment at the facility is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland.

Speaking at the facility in Wexford, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said: “Today’s announcement that Danone is investing €20 million 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.”

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