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Kepak Creates More Jobs

30 October 2012

IRELAND - A total of 100 jobs have been created at Kepak’s Consumer Food facility in Watergrasshill, Co Cork.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney said the new jobs were the result of ongoing innovation, growth and investment.

Speaking during a visit to the plant, Minister Coveney said: “Kepak Cork today employs almost 600 people across a wide range of activities with 60 of those positions alone created this year.

"I am pleased to announce that this is projected to grow by a further 40 during 2013 thanks to the success of the Kepak Cork team in developing highly innovative meat products to serve the retail and consumer foods market.

"That’s an additional 100 jobs created in just over a 12 month period."

Minister Coveney added that much of the success of the Kepak Cork facility was rooted in a partnership which had been made in Cork.

"Speaking to the team here today I have been struck by their pride in the partnership with the Musgrave Group which has been a huge success for both parties and indeed for the Cork hinterland. Indeed, the partnership is the bedrock of the Kepak Cork business as the company supplies beef, lamb and pork from the site to the 195 SuperValu and 459 Centra stores in Ireland," he said.

“I am particularly encouraged by Kepak Cork’s commitment to innovation,” said Minister Coveney.

“The future for Irish food lies in constantly adding value through innovation in order to compete on international markets and fulfil the Irish agri-sector’s potential of being a major growth engine for the economy in the coming years. This is the aim of my Department’s Food Harvest 2020 strategy report and the facility here in Watergrasshill is the physical embodiment of the way forward for the agri-food sector combining as it does the abilities of Kepak and its partner Musgraves, with the finest beef from Irish farms."

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