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Jobs boosts for Cork

Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 11:04am

There has been good news in Cork this week in terms of job creation and company expansions. 

40 new roles have created in total, with 26 of them in PepsiCo’s new R&D Nutrition Fruit and Vegetable Centre. The other roles are in the dairy and snacks R&D teams. PepsiCo’s nutrition business that includes brands such as Tropicana, Naked Juice and Alvalle.

PepsiCo in Little Island launched its new R&D Nutrition Centre yesterday. 

The centre was officially opened by Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the presence of Dr Jan Weststrate, Senior Vice President Nutrition R&D, PepsiCo, and Cliona Murphy, Vice President Research & Development, PepsiCo and Cork R&D site lead.

Speaking at the R&D nutrition centre opening, Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said: “PepsiCo has grown significantly since it opened its first facility here in Cork in 1974.  The establishment of this R&D Nutrition Centre is testament to the skilled talent base and innovative systems and approaches available here in Cork.  

“Ireland was recently named as the best country in the world for attracting high-value FDI (foreign direct investment) for the sixth year in a row and PepsiCo’s continued growth in Cork serves to enhance Ireland’s offering.” 

PepsiCo say that its R&D operations at Cork have steadily expanded over the past five years to include work on snacks, regulatory activity and, most recently, dairy with the opening of its Global Dairy Centre of Excellence last year. The new Fruit and Vegetable R&D team for Western Europe will be housed alongside the existing teams in the expanded R&D Centre.

Meanwhile, in West Cork yesterday, Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, officially opened Clonakilty Food Company’s new 5,000 square metre factory in the town of Clonakilty with Managing Director Colette Twomey. 

The new production facility houses administration offices, new product development facilities and distribution. 

It will also host a new visitor centre, which is due to open in-time for peak holiday season in 2018.

The vision for the centre is to immerse visitors in history and tradition of Clonakilty Blackpudding, to offer them an opportunity to see how it’s made, and to highlight the company’s pride in the town they originate from.

Back in the city meanwhile, Seabrook Technology, located on the Model Farm Road, has also announced a partnership with Toolroom Technology Ltd (TTL), a leading UK software solutions company.

The partnership, the first of its kind in Europe, will offer a unique end-to-end offering for orthopaedic manufacturers, which is expected to generate €3 million in revenue over the next two years.

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