Glanbia turns sod on new €15m Innovation Centre in county Kilkenny
Glanbia Ireland today turned the sod on its new €15 million Innovation Centre in county Kilkenny.
The local food giant said the new 2000 square metre facility in Ballyragget will deliver state-of-the-art technology with a processing area and a pilot plant to prototype new products.
The faicility will be built erected by Matthew Wall & Sons Limited adjacent to Glanbia Ireland’s existing R&D structure, which will also undergo a complete renovation.
Glanbia Ireland’s Chief Sustainability and R&D Officer, François Morgan, said: “Our new Innovation Centre is a key element of our future ambitions to grow our portfolio of value-added products. It will be a creative hub and testing centre where all our innovative and passionate food technologists, nutritionists and scientists will collaborate and bring ideas to life.
“It will provide our expanded R&D team with the capabilities to create an innovation pipeline that can bring products speedily and efficiently to market.”
Glanbia said it has been “firmly focused on growing R&D capabilities” ahead of the new facility, which is scheduled to be operational in the second-half of next year.
There are currently 50 people working on new creations and value-add solutions built upon our high quality traceable core ingredients of quality Irish dairy from over 4,500 suppliers and our strong Irish grains portfolio.
It is expected 50 temporary jobs will be created during the construction phase, with strong protocols in place to help safeguard against Covid-19.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured turning the sod for the new €15 million Innovation Centre in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny were (l to r) Colm Wall, Managing Director of Matthew Wall and Sons Ltd, and Glanbia Ireland’s Chief Sustainability and R&D Officer, François Morgan. Pic – Dylan Vaughan