Glanbia Ireland turns sod on new €15 million innovation centre
Glanbia Ireland has turned the sod on a new €15 million Innovation Centre in Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, that the entity says “will further strengthen capabilities in bringing new food solutions to market”.
The new 2,000m² facility will deliver state-of-the-art technology with a processing area and a pilot plant which will enable high throughput prototyping for new products and solutions, the processor says.
It will be erected by Matthew Wall & Sons Limited adjacent to Glanbia Ireland’s existing research and development (R&D) structure, which will also undergo a complete renovation.
Glanbia Ireland’s chief sustainability and R&D officer, François Morgan, said: “Our new innovation centre is a key element of our future ambitions to grow our portfolio of value-added products.
It will be a creative hub and testing centre where all our innovative and passionate food technologists, nutritionists and scientists will collaborate and bring ideas to life.
“It will provide our expanded R&D team with the capabilities to create an innovation pipeline that can bring products speedily and efficiently to market.”
Glanbia Ireland highlighted that it has been focused on growing R&D capabilities ahead of the new facility, which is scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2021.
It is expected that 50 temporary jobs will be created during the construction phase, with strong protocols in place to help safeguard against Covid-19.