Cow and Gate 125 years in Ireland

Cow and Gate celebrates 125 year of manufacturing in Ireland. Its owner Donone Baby Nutrition now plans to expand its facility in Wexford. The expanded manufacturing facility will receive a €20million investment over the coming year. 45 jobs will be create at the expansion. The investment is supported by Ireland's Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

The investment will provide a new processing and packing line and also employment in food sciences, engineering and logistics. Capacity at the plant will double to 70,000 tonnes annually.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. said: “Building and developing our manufacturing industries is a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and we have committed to achieving a net increase of 20,000 in the number of people at work in this sector by 2016. Key to this will be exploiting the strengths that we have developed and building on industries and sectors already thriving here. Today’s announcement that Danone, a world-leading company in this particular sector, is investing €20million in its Wexford manufacturing plant and creating 45 jobs is a real endorsement of the quality of our agriculture and our industry, and is great news for the South East. I welcome the continued support from Danone and look forward to building on this announcement in the years to come.”

Donal Courtney, Managing Director, Danone Ireland said: “We are delighted to announce our plans for further expansion in Ireland. Danone Baby Nutrition’s focus on research and innovation continues to enhance the nutritional value of our products for infants and toddlers leading to continued growth in demand from across Europe for our milk products which include Aptamil and Cow & Gate."