Údarás na Gaeltachta is delighted to welcome the announcement by ProAmpac, a client company based on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, on a multi-million euro contract it has signed with C&D Foods, the pet food division of ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food group processors. The multi-year contract establishes ProAmpac’s facility in the Co. Donegal Gaeltacht as the strategic supplier of flexible pet food packaging for C&D.
The contract is expected to facilitate site production expansion and further job creation which will significantly contribute to making Gaoth Dobhair a global centre of pet food and sustainable ready-to-eat packaging manufacturing. ProAmpac employs 200 people locally in Gaoth Dobhair and has 5,200 employees working across 41 operations globally. ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company with a comprehensive product offering, providing creative packaging solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning innovation to a diverse global marketplace.
Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., said:
“This is wonderful news for ProAmpac, its staff and the wider Gaoth Dobhair community. This contract will ensure that employment will remain steadfast in the area, which has seen an upturn in employment in recent years. The Gaoth Dobhair community and the wider area will benefit from this valuable initiative which will see sustainable products made in this Gaeltacht area shipped all over Europe.”
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, T.D., also welcomed the announcement and said:
“This is a significant announcement for the Donegal Gaeltacht creating new jobs at the facility while also supporting the existing jobs there. This is the result of continued innovation and commitment from the team at ProAmpac and this substantial contract win will ensure the company continues to grow and develop while being at the cutting-edge of sustainable packaging innovation.”
John McDermott, Operations Director of ProAmpac, Gaoth Dobhair welcomed the announcement:
“Due to the commitment, diligence and innovation of the staff and management of ProAmpac, we have made significant strides in developing new business that will now provide growth and stability at a time when it is most needed. We are very excited to expand our C&D Foods partnership given the positive impact it now has on our ProAmpac Donegal facility. Our firms will collaborate in developing leading-edge packaging innovations in Ireland for Ireland and across Europe. This partnership will also facilitate production and employment expansion while enhancing the ProAmpac Donegal facility as a global hub for both human and pet food sustainable packaging innovation.”
Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta stated on behalf of the Board:
“On behalf of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, I welcome this announcement and congratulate ProAmpac and its staff on this significant agreement and the creation of additional jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht. This announcement is further testament to what can be achieved by companies in rural Ireland today, and the north-west Donegal Gaeltacht is no exception in this regard.”
Údarás na Gaeltachta’s CEO Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also added:
“Údarás na Gaeltachta welcomes the news of this significant contract for ProAmpac which will ensure its continued growth and development at Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, where it has been a valued partner for the past 24 years. The current recruitment drive and 20 additional jobs involved is also welcomed as the company continues to prosper and grow. The company’s continued innovation and creativity and its highly skilled along with the company’s approach to sustainability means its future is bright in Donegal.”