where business moves faster

Kerrygold Production LineKilkenny has a well established agrifood sector with food and drink production and processing representing a sizeable proportion of the local economy. The major companies operating in this sector within the county are Glanbia PLC, Diageo PLC and Connollys Redmills, complemented by an emerging artisan food producer base of approximately 40 micro and medium sized food producers.


Glanbia PLC, a leading international nutritional ingredients and cheese group, have their Global Nutritionals headquarters and the Group's main innovation  centre located in Kilkenny. They've found that "the people we've been able to attract here and the support we've got from the local community have been key factors in us expanding our business globally", John Moloney, Group Managing Director, Glanbia PLC.


The Belview zone in the south of the County is just 4 miles from Waterford City and is an ideal location for industry in agribusiness. The zone incorporates 265 hectares of zoned land, including a strategic IDA land bank, the Marine Point Business Park and Belview Port. Agrifood businesses locating in Belview benefit from an exceptional transport infrastructure with immediate access to the national motorway system bringing Dublin and Cork within a little over an hour and a halfs drive. 


Belview has all the infrastructure necessary for high volume production and  is supported by significant water and waste water capabilities as well as being serviced by a high capacity fibre optic network. Within the zone, Belview Port is the nearest major Irish port to mainland Europe providing a saving to shippers of both time and fuel while being a natural hub for the integration of port, shipping, road and rail freight services.