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Men in white: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, at the opening of Danone’s extended facility in Wexford yesterday. Over the last four years, Danone’s work-force has more than doubled to over 400. Also pictured are Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, and Liam Carmody, Danone. Pic: Fennell.

Men in white: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, at the opening of Danone’s extended facility in Wexford yesterday. Over the last four years, Danone’s work-force has more than doubled to over 400. Also pictured are Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, and Liam Carmody, Danone. Pic: Fennell.

Men in white: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, at the opening of Danone’s extended facility in Wexford yesterday. Over the last four years, Danone’s work-force has more than doubled to over 400. Also pictured are Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, and Liam Carmody, Danone. Pic: Fennell.

Irish infant milk formula output got a 30,000t boost this week with the unveiling of Danone's latest investment in their Wexford plant.

It marks another €26m investment in the company's Irish manufacturing facilities, bringing total capital expenditure here over the last three years to close to €250m, according to industrial director, Donal Dennehy.

Over that period, employment at the firm has risen from 180 to over 400, with that number set to increase by another 50 with the opening of the new facility in Wexford.

Danone's massive infant milk formula plants at Wexford and Macroom, Cork now account for 1.2bn litres of milk product - almost a quarter of the national milk pool of 5.5bn litres.

The Wexford plant is second only to Macroom, which is the largest of Danone's 23 infant milk formula plants around the world.

The latter houses the largest milk drier of its kind with an output of 14t/hr. This machine contributes 100,000t a year to the 135,000t that the Macroom plant produces annually.

The Wexford plant produces another 20,000t of ingrediants annually for various early life stage formulas.

While product from these plants can find its way into any of the 180 countries in the world that Danone operates in, Irish consumers will be most familiar with the company's Cow and Gate and Aptamil brands.

The project has received State aid through Enterprise Ireland and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, was present to open Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition unit in Wexford yesterday.

The recruitment process for the 50 new roles has commenced, and all roles are expected to be filled by the end of this year. The 50 new roles are in areas such as quality, food science, operations, engineering as well as supply chain and logistics.

Donal Courtney, Managing Director, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition Ireland said that the construction of a state-of-the-art packaging line in Wexford reinforced the strategic nature of the Irish based operations.

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