Join Kerry Foods – a leading name in the global food industry – and you become part of a distinctly different business. We have a rich heritage. Incredible brands. Brilliant people. And big ambitions. Our products, many of which are household favourites, are eaten by millions of people every day. You could help us reach millions more.20
From humble beginnings to a €multi-billion business, we’ve come a long way in a short space of time.
Our story is one of ambition, growth, daring and character. It’s about calculated risks and leaps of faith. About entrepreneurial spirit and incredible teamwork. And it all starts in a field, in the furthest corner of South West Ireland.
The story begins in Listowel, Co. Kerry. The state-owned Dairy Disposal Company, the US-based Erie Casein Company Inc. and eight local farmer cooperatives jointly invest in a dairy processing facility. It’s an immediate success, with a 40-strong workforce producing 2,000 tonnes of casein in the first year.
Building on two years of success, Kerry Co-operative Creameries Ltd is formed. This sets the stage for over a decade of growth and product diversification – all with an eye on global marketability.
Despite sales of €268m, the business needs more capital to fund some truly ambitious expansion plans. So we float on the Dublin Stock Exchange, as Kerry Group plc. It’s the start of a period of bold acquisition and far-reaching growth.
We get our first serious foothold in Great Britain, with the acquisition of Robirch and Millers’ regional bakers and pork product suppliers. The ready meals facility established back then is now our Centre of Excellence for our meals division.
Another big step forward is taken, with the acquisition of the Mattessons Wall’s business from Unilever. This included the iconic Richmond brand.
Even by the high standards we’d set ourselves, this is a big year for acquisitions. We buy Greens, Homepride and Dalgety Food Ingredients. The Dalgety deal is a pan-European affair, and includes our Gainsborough site – now home to our Homepride brand.
In Ireland we acquire Golden Vale, a producer of dairy products, prepared meals and snacks. The move brings together the growth potential of both businesses. It also includes the Carrickmacross site – now the largest frozen ready-meal plant in Europe.
We broaden our horizons and expertise significantly, by acquiring Noon Group – the UK’s leading supplier of authentic, restaurant-quality Indian and Thai ready meals. This same year, we also buy Matthews Foods, which takes our butter and spreads offering up a level too.
We start to look further afield, by expanding into Europe. Leading the way is our Cheestrings product – or Ficello as it’s known in France.
Always ones to explore a new territory, we acquire Rollover Ltd. It’s an excellent opportunity to build our offering in the ‘hot food to go’ and ‘out of home’ sectors.
But it’s the future we’re really excited about. There are new markets out there, and new customer and consumer wants to be met.
There are so many opportunities ahead for us. Come and help us take them.
Put simply, we do food. But that’s just part of the story. We innovate. We lead markets. And we make some of the most-loved brands out there.
We’re a leading supplier of chilled and frozen food products in the UK and Ireland, and part of the world-leading Kerry Group. Focusing on dairy, meat, snacking and meal solutions, Kerry Foods are home to many of our markets’ best-performing and best-loved brands. You’ll find our private-label products and ready meals in pretty much every supermarket in the country. And we have a presence in the home baking, direct-to-consumer and hot-food-to-go markets too.
We make our products in manufacturing facilities throughout Ireland and the UK, and distribute them nationwide and beyond. Along with the food, we supply quality, value and service to our customers.
Behind all of this, you’ll find tireless product innovation. Consumer tastes continue to change, and we respond with creative, competitive ideas that keep them delighted – and keep us growing. New ideas are our lifeblood. This is why we welcome them from everyone here.
We don’t lead the way in just one category.
We lead the way in three.
Our brands and business are built around three core food divisions. They’re the areas we focus on, and they’re where many of our big ideas take shape. But they’re not all we do. We’re also home to the iconic, 100% British Homepride flour brand, having acquired the business (and the bowler-hatted Fred) back in 1998. In 2014 we added the Rollover business to the fold, which builds our presence in the competitive hot-food-on-the-go market. And we’ve recently added Oakhouse Foods into the family, bringing us into the fast growing direct-to-consumer market.
This is where you’ll find our breakfast, cooked meats and chilled savoury snacks. It’s home to household favourites such as Mattessons, Denny, Richmond, Galtee and Walls.
This one’s all about cheese, yoghurt and dairy spreads. It’s home to brands such as LowLow, Cheestrings, Dairygold, Pure and Charleville Cheese.
This division includes chilled and frozen ready meals, and ready-to-cook meals, and it provides private-label products to almost all the big supermarkets. It’s home to brands like Pure, City Kitchen and Sharwoods.
Big brands, big names, and big numbers. They’re all here.
See any names you recognise? You probably do, because our products can be found in kitchens, supermarkets, petrol stations, corner shops and entertainment venues the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. We’re starting to become part of life in Europe too.
Here are a just a few of our amazing brands. We have plenty of others, and we’re always looking to expand the family even more.
We’re proud to be number one in everything from sausages and cooked meats to dairy
spreads and children’s cheese snacks. Here are just a few highlights:
in the UK
cooked meat brands
children’s cheese snack
in the UK
customer brand supplier of chilled
and frozen ready meals.
Almost every leading supermarket, and quite a few restaurant
chains too, trust us to supply private label products. In fact, no
one supplies more private label dairy spreads or processed
cheese slices in the UK than we do. We’re also the leading supplier
of chilled and frozen ready meals. Our customers rely on us for
high standards and faultless delivery. And we make sure we never
let them down.
Millions of people have grown up with our brands. Tens of millions eat our food every day. We’re behind everything from family favourite sausages and authentic curries to healthy vegetable pots and dairy-free spreads. So it’s fair to say that our consumers are a large and diverse bunch. And we’re committed to coming up with new ways to tempt them, and reach new people.
The thing that makes us such an altogether individual company is the individuals themselves – the amazing people who work for us,
and the stories they have to tell. You can meet just a few of them here. And, our leaders are no different to anyone else here.
They share the same values, and they have the same aims.