Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 March 2018

Bandon Co-op to create 50 new jobs

Fifty new jobs will be created over the next three years as part of Bandon Co-op's expansion plans.

Gerard Brickley, chief executive of the co-op, which employs 250 workers, said the purchase of a feed mill in Kinsale, Co Cork would give them an excellent base to grow sales in the region.

"We can now buy, dry and store in excess of 30,000 tonnes of harvest grain while ensuring that our expanding dairy farmers are well supported by a 100,000 tonnes-capacity feed mill," he said.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the co-op would be aiming to purchase over 15,000 tonnes from local grain growers with the mill purchase and the grain-drying facilities. The co-op has also purchased a stevedoring license for handling cargo, after it was involved in the commercial docking of a ship carrying 3,800 tonnes of fertiliser at Kinsale Pier this year.

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