Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Inchicore, Dublin
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products
New offshoring locations
European Union

125 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 September 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 March 2007


A total of 125 jobs will be lost in Dublin city following the decision by Unilever to close its Inchicore plant. Unilever said that the decision to close the plant was taken following a detailed strategic review of its food manufacturing operations across Europe. Unilever said that the Inchicore plant could not compete effectively with larger scale and more specialised plants. The decision will mean that the company's current workforce will be cut to 450 from 575 employees. The Inchicore factory manufactures Knorr soups and sauces, Hellmann's mayonnaise and also blends and packs Lyons Tea. The Knorr Soup factory has been operating in Inchicore since 1956, while Lyons Tea has had operations there since 1963. The plant will cease operations by the end of March next year. Following the closure, the company will transfer products currently made in Inchicore to other manufacturing sites within Europe.


  • 20 September 2006: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2006), Unilever, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Ireland, factsheet number 64174, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64174.