The proof seems to be definitely in the pudding as Clonakilty Food Company return back to Clonakilty Co. Cork for the first time in 18 years to open a new factory, as reported by the IrishExaminer.
Yesterday saw the official opening of a new multi-million euro factory in the town in West Cork. The factory is estimated to have cost in the region of €7million and took more than a year to complete. The move sees the company take its operations to Clonakilty town for the first time since 1999.
Chief executive of Clonakilty Colette Twomey said: “Why Clonakilty? Because Clonakilty is the heart, the soul, the pulse of everything.”
An open day was held to mark the occasion yesterday, with doors open from 1pm until 7pm that evening. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the homecoming of one of Ireland’s favourite brands of pudding. The new facility will offer tourists and locals alike a chance to come visit the home of their favourite brand, as it is equipped with a visitor centre.
The company first began back in 1880 and was taken over by the current owners, the Twomey family, back in the 1980’s. Over the years they have expanded their range from black pudding to include white pudding, sausages, rashers and bacon. They now not only have success in Ireland and the UK but also recently in the US and UAE.
Bord Bia’s Tara McCarthy was on hand yesterday to aid with the opening. She praised the company and says her children engorge as much of the Clonakilty pudding as they can get their hands on. She noted that the brand make up over one third of the black and white pudding markets.
Exciting new product
For all you Clonakilty fans, there is yet more good news. The company also used the occasion to announce the release of their latest product, black pudding sausages. Speeches were made on the day by Chief Executive Ms Twomey, Tara McCarthy and John Loughnan.
The facility will give approximately 50 new jobs to the area, while it will operate on a dual licence with the nearby Little island factory, owned and in operation by the company. January 2018 will see the company completely switch operations over to the new factory, in its home of Clonakilty.