New Chair of Prepared Consumer Foods announced

February 20, 2023

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, today announced Kieran Conroy, Managing Director for Nestlé Ireland as the new Chair of the Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) Council. He will be joined by a new Vice-Chair, Killian Barry, Managing Director of Danone Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment, Kieran Conroy, said: “It is an honour to take up this role amid an ever-changing landscape for the food and beverage sector.  The uncertainty of the pandemic has subsided, but it has birthed fresh issues around supply chain disruption, labour shortages and increased input business costs.  However, there are great opportunities ahead for the prepared consumer food sector through sustainability commitments, evolving consumer choice and prospects in other markets.”

Jonathan McDade, Deputy Director of Food Drink Ireland, stated: “I am delighted to welcome Kieran as Chair of the Prepared Consumer Foods Council. Kieran will provide a mix of energy and experience to the role over the next two years. I look forward to working with Kieran at an interesting time for the consumer food sector as it emerges from a challenging period.”

The Prepared Consumer Foods sector employs over 22,000 people across 500 manufacturing facilities in all regions of Ireland. It has a gross output of over €5 billion, including €3 billion of exports.