Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD joined Managing Director of Pilgrim’s Food Masters Ireland Richard Irvine and staff to officially open the new Pilgrim’s Food Masters office in Sandyford, Co Dublin, on Wednesday 3rd August.
Pilgrim’s Food Masters Ireland was established in September 2021 following the acquisition of Kerry Group plc’s Consumer Foods Meats and Meals business and now employs over 1,500 staff in the Republic of Ireland. The Sandyford office will serve as the HQ for the Pilgrim’s Food Masters team.
Pilgrim’s Food Masters’ stable of brands includes some of Ireland’s best known, such as Denny, Galtee, Shaw’s and Ballyfree. As well as managing these Irish brands, Pilgrim’s manufactures many private label products for Ireland’s supermarkets; sliced cooked meats and breakfast meats from its facilities in Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow; and frozen ready meals for UK and Irish retailers from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Being the best and most respected food manufacturer in the industry is the ambition of Pilgrim’s Food Masters with its parent company, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, committed to continued investment in the company’s factories, brands and its people.
MD Richard Irvine said: “Pilgrim’s Food Masters Ireland is part of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a global leader in the production and manufacture of pork, poultry and added value food products. Ireland is a key market for Pilgrim’s as it is the home of one of the groups biggest and most iconic brands, Denny. Ireland is renowned for great quality produce all over the word and our 1,500 employees across our two manufacturing facilities in Ireland are committed to making the best quality food for consumers to enjoy. We are delighted to continue our journey in Ireland under our new ownership and excited to open the Dublin office with our team today.”
Minister Donohoe commented: “I am delighted to open Pilgrim’s Food Masters new office in Dublin today, to mark their success to date and plans for future growth. Pilgrim’s is a key business and a major employer in the Irish agri-food sector. As a Government, we want to ensure that businesses such as Pilgrim’s have a stable and positive environment in which to operate, create jobs and support livelihoods. The role of businesses in Ireland, like Pilgrim’s, is critical in ensuring that we achieve our climate ambitions and I commend their commitment to sustainable farming and to supporting the farming community. Tackling climate change is about working together to ensure a positive future for all.”