A new Irish biscuit company has been launched which will create 100 jobs. The large scale commercial biscuit manufacturer, East Coast Bakehouse, will be located in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
A €15 million investment will transform a recently renovated 50,000 sq.ft. food production facility at Donore Rd business park in Drogheda, Co. Louth into a state of the art bakehouse, innovation facility, warehouse and offices.
The building, which is the size of a football pitch, is ideally suited to its new purpose with ample space to house the long production lines required for efficient biscuit baking complete with suspended product cooling lines.
The domestic biscuit industry is worth €170 million, and the UK market is valued at over €2 billion. The East Coast Bakehouse will produce its own new brand and will also manufacture retail private label, serving both the domestic and export markets.
This project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.
Commenting at the launch, CEO, East Coast Bakehouse, Michael Carey said, “Every week over €3 million worth of biscuits is purchased and enjoyed by Irish consumers, almost all are currently imported. We aim to provide a new commercially competitive local Irish source of biscuits. There is also a great opportunity to provide high quality biscuits to UK retailers.”
“We are very pleased to be launching this new venture. Our management team combined has over 60 years experience in the sector and our drive to bake better biscuits, using select ingredients in a sustainable manner will become key to our business’ success in the coming years”, he concluded.
The founders of the new business are CEO, Michael Carey, Marketing & Innovation Director, Alison Cowzer, Commercial Director, Daragh Monahan, Operations Director, James Yarr and Chief Financial Officer, Gerry Murphy. This group were the management team that successfully established the Jacob Fruitfield Group before it was sold in 2011 to Valeo Foods.
Specific Details of the job opportunities are not yet available.
Source: Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Press Release
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