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Blenders look to the future with TU Dublin

Posted: 13 May, 2019

One of Ireland’s most recognisable food businesses, Blenders, has announced its support of the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) Transforming Tomorrow capital campaign.

Pictured at the Blenders and TU Dublin announcement was Blenders Sales Director, David Chandler, Head, School of Culinary Arts and Food Development, Dr Frank Cullen, TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick and Blenders Brand Manager, Julie Delany.

Blenders and Ireland's first Technological University, TU Dublin, have agreed on a strategic partnership that will see the company’s long-standing relationship with TU Dublin progress to new heights.

The University will move its famous culinary school from Cathal Brugha Street to Grangegorman in September 2020 and, with support from Blenders, will transform the new state of the art facilities into a Centre of Excellence for Food and Drink in Ireland. A fundamental ingredient in this transformation will be the Blenders New Product Development Kitchen, which will be dedicated to creating the novel food and drink products that the global consumer demands.

The multi-year partnership will also deliver a Blenders-funded research project and an annual competition for students of Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship; a yearly bursary for an exceptional student of the Masters in Culinary Innovation and Food Product Development and the supply of Blenders products to kitchens in TU Dublin.

Welcoming the announcement TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick said, "TU Dublin has reached a pivotal moment in its history as we prepare for the relocation of over 10,000 students to our flagship campus at Grangegorman. Today’s generous announcement by Blenders is bringing us closer to our goal of creating a Centre of Excellence for Food and Drink, and to fulfilling our broader objective of delivering a 21st Century campus for practice-based learning and discovery. Through our Transforming Tomorrow campaign we are collaborating with individuals and organisations that share our vision for the University as a catalyst for the next phase in Ireland’s educational, economic and cultural development.”

Blenders Sales Director, David Chandler, says their company is also at the cusp of great change. “Blenders celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and recently moved from the Liberties to the old Nestlé factory site in Tallaght where we have created the country’s largest and most advanced sauce manufacturing facility. Support from Irish chefs over many years has been at the heart of Blenders development. Many of these chefs have been TU Dublin graduates whose innovation and creativity have helped drive the foodservice market forward. This new partnership is a significant step forward, and we look forward to collaborating on research, student scholarships, competitions, and the opening of the Blenders New Product Development Kitchen in the Central Quad of the TU Dublin flagship campus at Grangegorman.”

Continuing Mr Chandler said, “At Blenders, we really enjoy our involvement with the University, and we are constantly amazed at the levels of excellence achieved by both students and the teams of lecturers looking after them. I would especially like to express my gratitude to Dr Frank Cullen of the School of Culinary Arts and Food Development and Anne Marie Corry of the Foundation for their hard work.”