100 jobs boost for Fethard

Minister Richard Bruton photographed at the announcement of 100 new jobs at the new RibWorld Factory in Fethard  L to R: Michael Cantwell (Enterprise Ireland), Minister Richard Bruton and John Walsh (RibWorld)
Tipperary is in for a major jobs boost with the announcement of 100 jobs by Clonmel-based food company Ribworld.

Tipperary is in for a major jobs boost with the announcement of 100 jobs by Clonmel-based food company Ribworld.

Recruitment for the new positions will get underway shortly, and this will bring employment levels at Ribworld to over 175 people over the next three years.

Based in Clonmel, Ribworld has been in operation for ten years. The company is part of the M&M Walshe food group, and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading ‘sous vide’ specialists - a method of preserving food by partial cooking followed by vacuum-sealing and chilling.

The Fethard expansion is part of a major strategic investment drive, expanding its market share across Europe and other international markets. The company, which already employs 75 people, hopes to invest in a major new product development programme, aimed at meeting increasing demand for its products. The jobs will be based at the Dawn Fresh Foods plant on the Killenaule Road which closed last year in what was a major blow for the local economy.

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said: “(This) announcement that Ribworld is investing in a major expansion of its operations in Fethard and creating 100 jobs is a great boost for Munster and a great example of what can be achieved by Irish food and manufacturing businesses across the country.”

John Walshe, Managing Director, Ribworld, said: “We purchased Ribworld in 2011. Over the past three years we have grown the business by over 200% and launched a number of new products. It is now a truly international business, selling into such diverse markets as Finland and Thailand.”

Tipperary Minister of State Tom Hayes said he was delighted at the news. “I am delighted that the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, has been able to support Ribworld’s really impressive growth and I wish them every success for the future.”