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Enda is full of beans over sweet factory expansion

A tasty combination of chocolate and jelly beans is creating 25 new jobs in west Dublin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny praised the management of the Jelly Bean Factory for expanding their business to employ 80 people at the plant in Blanchardstown.

The company exports to 51 countries around the world.

The new product is a range of chocolate covered jelly beans coming in a variety of flavours, wrapped in luxury milk, white and dark Belgian chocolate.

Run by father and son team, Peter and Richard Cullen, Aran Candy Limited -- the Jelly Bean Factory -- controls 3pc of the global market.

Peter Cullen said the new product was sophisticated and aimed at adults. He said the jobs will open up over the next 18 months.

"It takes 10 days to produce this new bean, ensuring a perfect polish, smooth texture and rich taste experience from the very centre of our beans right through the smooth chocolate coating," he said.

Also, in west Dublin, Boots Ireland will open its 1,100 sq ft store in Blanchardstown Centre next week, where 30 new full and part-time staff will be based.

The store will replace two smaller ones in the centre and bring the Boots Blanchardstown workforce to 100.

"It is a direct response to the strong customer demand for Boots in Ireland and the latest step in our efforts to provide Irish customers with excellent health and beauty products and pharmacy services," a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, up to 10 new jobs will be created in Galway by an Irish start-up business which launched earlier this year.

MyToysDirect.com was set up in July and is now preparing to launch to the market. It will provide an initial 10 positions in online marketing over the coming months.

Irish Independent