Planning permission granted for Dr Pepper site in Kildare

Planning permission has been granted for a €2m Kildare warehouse expansion by Keurig Dr Pepper.

Kuerig Dr Pepper has been granted permission by Kildare County Council for a €2m expansion of a former Lidl distribution warehouse in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The planning permission comes after the US food and beverage maker revealed in March that it plans to recruit for 50 new jobs at its Kildare plant for the production of Dr Pepper and 7Up drinks.

Keurig Dr Pepper has a portfolio of more than 125 brands that include Snapple, Peet’s Coffee, Canada Dry and Sunkist.

A refreshing new development

The 330,000 sq ft facility is to serve as a second manufacturing source for the company’s beverage concentrate business in North America, with the other site being active in St Louis, Missouri. Overall, the Massachusetts and Texas headquartered drinks giant has 27 manufacturing locations and more than 100 warehouse and distribution centres across North America.

The estimated cost of the development – which includes an external chiller, condensing units and a wastewater treatment plant is over €2m.

The onset of Covid-19 resulted in an unexpected surge for the company’s products with the company tweeting last week that a temporary shortage of Dr Pepper drinks was being addressed.

In the company’s second quarter results for 2020 it reported sales of $2.86bn, compared with $2.81bn a year earlier.

Roles being created at the Kildare plant include process development engineers, technical data management analysts and flavour technology senior scientists.

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 18 August, 2020