Kelly: Lunch Bag investment a huge boost for Nenagh

Local TD Alan Kelly has hailed the success of Nenagh company Lunch Bag who have announced a €7.5 million expansion.

They are due to commence work on a 50,000 square foot extension to their existing facility at Lisbunny Industrial Estate next month following the expansion of the Government’s Hot School Meals scheme next year.

The company will grow from 200 staff at the moment to almost 900 including 450 part-time workers operating the service in schools every day.

Deputy Alan Kelly says it’s a huge boost for the North Tipp area.

“This is a massive expansion by the largest school meals provider in the country. They supply nutritious school meals across so many schools across the country. Now following on from the governments announcement of the Hot Meals programme and the extension of it Lunch Bag will be adding 240 full time positions.”

Alan Kelly says the variety of roles being created by Lunch Bag in Nenagh will benefit the entire community.

“Its an incredible achievement and its so important for the people of Nenagh and surrounds with so many new roles created across a range of different areas which means there’ll be jobs for so many different people.

“I was delighted to play my part in bringing them Nenagh and also in helping them get their extension and buy land from Tipperary County Council who I must compliment for their work as well. So this is a great day for Nenagh – one of the best days for Nenagh in many years.”

Forty of the new jobs at Lunch Bag are coming on stream right now with 200 more in the new year at its base in Nenagh.

Managing Director Ger Killian says they want to take on some people straight away and then will ramp up their recruitment and training from January.