Australian food firm to dish out 70 new posts
A LEADING Australian food firm will create 70 jobs at a new manufacturing plant, writes Ed Carty.
Healthcare company Probiotec is to set up its European headquarters in Dundalk, Co Louth, where it will produce a range of weight-management and other food products.
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan said the investment reaffirmed Ireland's reputation for excellence in the food sector.
"This investment, and the creation of 70 new jobs, is significant not just for Probiotec but for Dundalk and the border region," she said.
The investment is expected to generate sales of more than €30m over the next three years.
The Dundalk plant will produce a range of dietary and meal-replacement products, branded as Celebrity Slim, for the European market.
Probiotec chief executive Wayne Stringer said: "Our decision to locate Probiotec in Dundalk was based on Ireland's unrivalled reputation as a world leading centre for food ingredients excellence, the availability of excellent raw materials and top-class infrastructure.
"We plan to move fast, start recruitment in early 2010, and be shipping from Dundalk by mid-2010."