25 jobs to be created at Co Wexford yoghurt producer

An investment of €4 million to expand its food business will create 25 jobs at award-winning Co Wexford yoghurt producer Killowen Farm.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin with Nicholas Dunne (right), chief-executive of Killowen Farm

The company's new production facilities were unveiled today by the Taoiseach Micheál Martin at their base in Courtnacuddy.  This will see Killowen increase their cream-cheese production capacity and grow their workforce to about 72 people.  The business is owned by the Dunne family who have been producing yoghurt under the Killowen Farm brand since 2004.

Killowen now exports its Irish yoghurt into several international markets including Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore, and its latest expansion has been supported by grant aid from Enterprise Ireland.  Chief Executive Nicholas Dunne said the move is a "very significant" one for Killowen.

"This expansion would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire team at Killowen Farm, particularly over the past two challenging years, and I want to acknowledge their part in making this business a success," he said.  "I’d also like to thank our customers for their support, collaboration, and encouragement," he added.

Enterprise Ireland executive director Stephen Creaner said it is important to celebrate the achievements of innovative Irish entrepreneurs and businesses that are at the heart of local communities.  "As part of our new strategy, 'Leading in a Changing World’, Enterprise Ireland has committed to a number of ambitious targets, which includes delivering growth across all regions, so we are delighted to welcome the 25 new jobs this expansion will create in the south-east," he said.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin described Killowen Farm as "a real Irish success story" and a "fantastic example of a family farm that has moved into food production and stayed within the local community."

He said that Ireland has some of the best dairy produce in the world, with Killowen an illustration of this.

"The Dunne family has created a thriving business at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains in rural Wexford, and I would like to congratulate Nicholas Dunne, the Dunne family and the entire Killowen Farm team on the next phase of the Killowen Farm's expansion and wish them every success in the future as they continue to grow their business."

The milk at Killowen Farm is sourced from their own herd of 260 dairy cows and, as far as possible, the company uses locally-grown fruit in its flavoured yoghurt range.

Source: RTE News

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