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Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs at research centre
Published:  27 February, 2017

Irish processor Dawn Farms is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre as part of a €25 million investment programme. 

The initiative will focus on enhancing the company’s R&D capabilities at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre in Naas, Co Kildare, with a view to adapting to changing consumer tastes such as a growing demand for home-style meats, snacking and health.

The investment is also being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Larry Murrin, CEO of Dawn Farms said: “Developing new products to meet changing consumer tastes has been at the heart of the growth of this firm for over 30 years. Our Meat Science & Innovation Centre at our Naas headquarters is the innovation hub where we support our customers in over 40 markets worldwide.

“Great ingredients make great food and great ingredients come from outstanding food innovation. Consumers’ tastes are constantly evolving. We are passionate students of the marketplace and closely monitor consumer trends. We are seeing more demand for home-style authentic meats, new flavours and new snacking options as well as ongoing interest in health and wellness across the range of meats that we cook.

“This announcement is a major vote of confidence in our people, our innovation process and our customers, who are involved at every stage. This investment will enhance our capacity to research trends, to develop new products and exciting new production technologies while ensuring that the highest standards of food safety and security are upheld. Typically, the new roles will be at least graduate level, with opportunities for more highly qualified food scientists, meat technologists and those with culinary expertise to join the company.”

Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor added: “Dawn Farms’ success is based on its strong roots in Ireland, using our brightest and best food scientists to innovate new products and developing long-term relationships with major international customers. In the 2017 Action Plan for Jobs, which we launched recently, we committed to supporting firms to diversify their trading footprint, enter new markets and grow international sales. The government, through Enterprise Ireland, has been a consistent partner and supporter of Dawn Farms and today marks the latest step in that relationship.”