Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world.
Keelings has expanded to its current size with 4 divisions – Keelings Retail, Keelings Select, Keelings International and Keelings Knowledge. Keelings is headquartered in FoodCentral, Co. Dublin, Ireland but has operations in Ireland, the UK, Europe, South & Central America and Asia. Keelings employs over 2,000 people.
Keelings launched its branded range of produce into stores in 2010 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Kantar Worldpanel recently disclosed the Top 100 FMCG brands in Ireland, ranking Keelings at #15 this year. As well as the standard range of punnets, the brand has also released a number of innovative products including the family platter, the twin pack and the Snack Pot range.
As well as fresh produce, Keelings has developed produce-specific ERP software solutions, consultancy and management services. Keelings Knowledge supplies a suite of software and services that provides industry focused solutions in procurement, stock management, warehouse and production planning & management, as well as sales and quality assurance.
Caroline has a BSc (Chem) & MSc in Food Science which she obtained from University College Dublin (UCD). Caroline started her career with Green Isle Foods, going on to join Keelings as Technical Manager in 1994. Caroline is a Board Member of Bord Bia, the National Maternity Hospital, The Ifrah Foundation, Valid Nutrition and SEI. She is Chair of the Consumer Foods Board of Bord Bia, the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee, and a member of the Export Trade Council.