KERRY Group CEO Stan McCarthy has defended the Tralee based multinational food giants decision to locate it's planned multi million Euro research facility in Kildare rather than the company's home county.
Challenged by Kerry based farmers attending Teagasc's national dairy conference in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee last week Mr McCarthy strongly defended the group's decision to locate its global technology innovation centre in County Kildare.
He said that the location of Kerry Groups innovation centre in Kildare were part of its global growth strategy and that Kerry was not a viable option for the facility.
"I would have loved to have located the new centre in Kerry, but that was not possible. Kerry is a global operation, and we need to be near an international airport. In all fairness, we also looked at the UK and Holland,"
"It took us a while to look at Ireland. Ireland's image has been tarnished in the last couple of years, but locating here was the right decision taken in the best interests of the business in the long haul."