BALLYGOWAN has been given a major boost after becoming the exclusive bottled water supplier to the 81 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide.
he firm, based at the Castle Demesne in the town, employs approximately 50 people, with round-the-clock operation.
McDonald’s sells 1.25 million bottles of water annually, and until this week had been using Vittel bottled water from France. McDonald’s’ switch to Irish comes at a key time for Ballygowan, which has seen its market share decline.
Earlier this year, the firm redesigned its bottles in a bid to attract new customers.
Commenting on the switch, Adrian Crean, managing director of McDonald’s Ireland, said: “McDonald’s Ireland is committed to buying Irish wherever we can and increased emphasis on quality locally sourced ingredients is a key element of our evolving strategy. The switch to Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water now means that all the beef, milk, cheese, eggs and water sold in our restaurants is 100% Irish. We are delighted to team up with Ballygowan, an iconic Irish brand, in our restaurants supporting Irish manufacturing and Irish jobs.”
Local councillor for Newcastle West Damien Riedy welcomed the news, saying: “Ballygowan has been the anchor tenant of Newcastle West for years upon years. It has always been good to the town. Whenever it comes to charity events, they have always put in their support.”
He praised them for donating money to the Michael Hartnett statue, unveiled last year.
“Now, to be also linked up with another well known multi-national, is a great success story,” the Fine Gael councillor said.
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