Seventy new jobs for Longford as part of €15m C&D Foods investment in Edgeworthstown

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton pictured at the announcement of 70 new jobs at C&D Foods, Edgeworthstown this morning (Friday, November 7), flanked by his Fine Gael colleagues James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden.
Seventy new jobs will be created over three years at C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown who are investing €15 million in a new state of the art pet food pouch manufacturing facility.

Seventy new jobs will be created over three years at C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown who are investing €15 million in a new state of the art pet food pouch manufacturing facility.

The new facility, an extension to the plant that was rebuilt following a major fire, will produce pet food pouches for many of Europe’s leading own label brands.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD made the announcement this morning and said: “C&D Foods is a great example of an established family-owned manufacturing company, investing in innovation, growing its exports, and creating jobs in a regional location. I am delighted that my Department through Enterprise Ireland could support this project, and I wish CEO Philip Reynolds and his team every success”.

Hiring for the new positions has already commenced and Mr Reynolds said, “This announcement following so soon off the back of our €40 million investment in 2007 increases our capacity to supply our wider European customer base following our acquisition of Arovit A/S in 2012. It is further evidence of the success and strength of our Edgeworthstown facility and its significance as part of our European manufacturing footprint.” Deputy James Bannon has welcomed the new jobs. “Throughout my time as a public representative, I have always championed Longford and Westmeath as a place to do business. We have so much potential to offer in terms of an educated workforce and strong regional infrastructure. I would like to congratulate the management and staff of C&D Foods and wish them every success.”

Deputy Gabrielle McFadden added, “C & D is deeply rooted in the economic and social fabric of Edgeworthstown and Longford.

“Much of the success has to go down to the business acumen of the Reynolds family, notably the late Albert Reynolds and now his son Philip, the company’s CEO. That entrepreneurial spirit was never more evident in 2006 when C & D’s canning facility was ravaged by fire. Now, the new production facility is an extension to the plant that was built after the fire.

“I am especially delighted that the Government’s regional job creation programme is helping to bring benefits to Longford. County Westmeath has been the beneficiary of recent job announcements but it’s clear, there has been a renewed focus on the need to attract more investment into county Longford.”

C&D Foods, part of ABP Food Group, is the second largest Private Label pet-food company in Europe with sales in excess of €300m per annum.

The company employs over 1,000 people across its manufacturing sites in six countries including Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, & Denmark. The company also has sales offices in Germany and Italy.

In Ireland C&D Foods has a manufacturing site in Edgeworthstown with an administrative head office located in Mullingar.