KEPAK IN CO Cork has today announced 40 new jobs for it’s consumer food facility in Watergrasshill. Along with the 60 jobs that were already filled this year, the plant will create 100 jobs for the area in a 12 month period making it one of the largest employers in the east Cork area.
Kepak Cork employs almost 600 people to develop meat products to serve the retail and consumer food market.
Much of the success of Kepak is said to be rooted in their partnership with the Musgrave Group as the company supplies beef, lamb and pork from the site to the 195 SuperValu and 459 Centra stores in Ireland.
It also makes the Big Al’s branded burger range and a range of ‘slow cooked’ own label and branded consumer meats, which is set make about €50 million next year. The company is the market leader in this category both in Ireland and the UK where it enjoys a 38% market share.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney visited the plant today and said:
The future for Irish food lies in constantly adding value through innovation in order to compete on international markets and fulfil the Irish agri-sector’s potential of being a major growth engine for the economy in the coming years.