Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe joined Richard Irvine, managing director of Pilgrim’s Food Masters Ireland, Oswaldo Quiros, commercial director for Pilgrim's Food Masters and staff to officially open the new Pilgrim’s Food Masters office in Sandyford, Co Dublin.
Minister Donohoe, commented, "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."
Pilgrim’s Food Masters Ireland was established in September 2021 following the acquisition of Kerry Group plc’s Consumer Foods Meats and Meals business.
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 most loved, such as ‘Denny’, ‘Galtee’, ‘Shaw’s’ and ‘Ballyfree’.
As well as managing these iconic Irish brands, Pilgrim’s manufactures many private label products for Ireland’s leading 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.
Richard Irvine, MD, 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."