Athlone Institute of Technology has developed the Midlands’ first Food Technology And Business Degree to meet demand for graduates in the exciting, multidisciplinary areaof food processing and manufacturing – a rapid growth sector with more jobs than graduates to fill them. Combining food science and technology, the new four-year programme will prepare graduates for largescale production environments, such as the type found in Panelto Foods in Co. Longford or Carroll’s Cuisine in Tullamore – two of the largest employers in the region.
“The scale of food production in places like Panelto is enormous – they manufacture 35,000 loaves of bread per hour! Similarly, Carroll’s Cuisine supplies ham to some of Ireland’s largest supermarkets – Lidl, Aldi and Dunnes. These are the companies our graduates will segway into – the industry is crying out for them,” Dr Anthony Johnston, head of department of business and hospitality at Athlone Institute of Technology, said.