Decision on new manufacturing facility creating 20 jobs in county Kilkenny due in a matter of days
A decision on whether a health food company can set up a manufacturing facility in county Kilkenny creating 20 jobs in the process will be made next week.
Virginia Health Foods, a highly successful health food company that supplies some of Europe’s largest supermarkets identified a site a Wallslough just outside of Kilkenny city for their new manufacturing facility.
The site, which Virginia Foods said is the perfect location for their new facility as it fits into the ethos of the company, is currently used as an equestrian centre and would require a change of use by Kilkenny County Council. Virginia Foods settled on the county Kilkenny site after an extensive search for a suitable location all across Ireland.
Kilkenny County Council had asked Virginia Foods to provide them with more information regarding a traffic plan and water drainage plan, among ten points of clarity requested.
Virginia Foods recently provided the local authority with a comprehensive 75-page document addressing all the council’s queries and now the county Cork based company await a final decision on their proposal.
The Kinsale-based company hope to transform an existing equestrian events and conference centre at Wallslough Holiday Village into a light industrial unit for dry foods processing and packaging, creating 20 jobs in the process.
Virginia Health Food’s products range from gluten-free baking mixes to nutritious seed mixes for cereal toppings, crunch toppings, salad toppings and snacks.
Apart from producing their own products, Virginia also supplies ranges to supermarkets such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Et Corts Ingles.
Kilkenny County Council is set to make a decision on the new facility by Monday, June 22.