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Sunday 18 November 2018

Workers bid farewell to iconic biscuit factory

AFTER over 30 years, an era of manufacturing came to a close as workers at Jacob's biscuit making plant left the factory for the last time.

The facility on the Belgard Road in Tallaght, Dublin closed fully earlier this week, but staff had a farewell party in their former workplace yesterday.

The Jacob Fruitfield Food Group announced a restructuring of its operations last year, resulting in the loss of 220 jobs.

Redundancies relating to the outsourcing took place on a phased basis, with the majority taking effect before the end of last year.

Jacob's -- which has been manufacturing in Dublin for more than 150 years -- continues to directly employ close to 100 people at its head office in Tallaght and manufacturing sites in Drogheda and West Cork.

All existing brands of biscuits will continue to be available as before, including Jacob's Fig Rolls, Kimberley and Mikado. Manufacturing of premium sauces and jams will continue at its factory at Drogheda while Jacob's Wafers will continue to be made at Gweedore, Co Donegal.

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