C&D Foods today announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art pet food pouch manufacturing facility in Edgeworthstown with will result in 70 new jobs over the next three years.
The new facility, an extension to the plant that was built in 2007 following a major fire, will produce pet food pouches for many of Europe’s leading own label brands. It will be the biggest of its kind in Europe and represents an investment in excess of €15m.
C&D has invested over €55m in Edgeworthstown since 2007. The opening will result in 70 new jobs over the next three years, for which hiring has commenced.
Commenting on the new facility, Phillip Reynolds, CEO of C&D Foods, said: “This announcement following so soon off the back of our €40m 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,” he added.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland added: “We have been working with C&D Foods since 1967 and are proud to be associated with this European Centre of Excellence in Petfood. This expansion will create in Edgeworthstown, the largest, most modern and efficient Pouch Petfood production facility in Europe. Flexible Pouch Technology is now the dominant format in single-serve petfood packaging and offers convenience and state-of-the-art pet nutrition to buyers of petfood all over Europe. I congratulate the management and staff of C&D Foods and wish them every success in building greater market share all over the world.”
C&D Foods is the second largest private label pet-food company in Europe with sales in excess of €300m p.a. The company employs over 1,000 people across its manufacturing sites in six countries including Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria and 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.