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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister for State at the Department of Justice & Equality, David Stanton has welcomed the opening of a new €38 million production facility at Kerrygold in Mitchelstown which will create 65 new jobs.

“I was very pleased to attend the official opening of the new production facility at Kerrygold in Mitchelstown this morning. The €38 million butter and packaging facility will have a production capacity of 50,000 tonnes of butter per year and will initially employ 65 new people. This is great news for the economy of the Mitchelstown area and the wider dairy industry in my constituency of Cork East and Munster”, said Minister Stanton.

The new centre was officially opened by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Ornua Chairman Aaron Forde.

“Kerrygold is the flagship brand of Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products. Currently Ornua exports to over 110 countries and the expansion of the Kerrygold brand sales are a key part of its growth strategy .

“I understand that this new facility will allow for the expansion of retail sales and enhance production and innovation capacity as it can produce new butter products not currently available on the Irish market. It will also house a “Green to Gold” customer innovation centre”, concluded Minister Stanton.