TARA McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, today officially opened Clonakilty Food Company’s new c. 5,000sq metre factory in the town of Clonakilty with MD 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.
This multi-million-euro investment by Clonakilty Food Co. aims to support their next phase of international growth. Clonakilty already exports internationally to the UK and Mainland Europe, catering for ex-pat demand and a developing local market interest.
The planned growth of the company should in turn lead to an increase in jobs at the new facility and internationally over the next 5 years.
Further investment in technologies and machinery will also grow as their market offering expands.
Commenting Colette Twomey, CEO of Clonakilty Food Company said, “We are really proud of our new home in Clonakilty that will facilitate our company’s vision for growth. We have ambitious plans to scale-up internationally and this new plant enables us to do so, so it’s a very exciting time for the company. Our new visitor centre will also be a new direction for Clonakilty Food Co. and we are looking forward to becoming part of the town’s bustling tourism industry. We could not have made our dream a reality without the fantastic support of so many local people – builders, designers, trades people and the local community. Clonakilty is a fantastic place to live and do business in.”