Glanbia officially opens new €15 million state-of-the-art UHT milk processing facility in Lough Egish, Co Monaghan

13th November 2015

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Pictured at the launch were: Yvonne Kerrigan, Operations Manager, Glanbia; Colin Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland; Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Henry Corbally, Chairman of Glanbia Group; Ged Nash TD, Minister for Business and Employment at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland

Project supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland

Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland today [Friday 13th November] officially opened its new state-of-the-art UHT (Ultra-Heat-Treated) milk processing facility in Lough Egish, Co Monaghan. With processing capacity for up to 100 million litres of milk per annum, the new facility will produce a range of standard and fortified UHT milk and cream products for export under Glanbia’s market leading brand, Avonmore.

40 new jobs have been created at Lough Egish, 21 of which have already been filled, representing a total investment of €15 million by Glanbia, with support from the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland. A range of long-life liquid milk and cream products suitable for export to global markets including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia will be produced at the site while value added milk and cream will also be produced at the facility in the near future. 

The new site was officially opened today by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Ged Nash TD, Minister for Business and Employment at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Speaking at the official opening, Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted to officially open Glanbia’s new state-of-the art UHT milk processing facility with my colleague, Minister Ged Nash. This investment by Glanbia, supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland, is a great boost for Monaghan and the North East region, and a great example of what we are trying to achieve with our Action Plan for Jobs. The agri-food sector is a vital source of employment in the region and the creation of 40 new jobs as a result of this new facility is fantastic news for Monaghan. Glanbia is a highly innovative Irish exporting company, producing world-class products for global export markets and creating much needed employment for hundreds of people in Ireland. I warmly congratulate Glanbia and wish the management team and all their staff continued success for the future”.

Minister Nash added: “The official opening of Glanbia’s new plant is particularly welcome as it has created 40 new jobs in Lough Egish, supported by my Department through Enterprise Ireland. Ireland’s food industry offers massive potential for regional employment, which is a major focus of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and Regional Strategies. Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with Glanbia to support its continued growth and expansion and this significant investment is a great boost for Monaghan and the wider region. Companies such as Glanbia are very important to the economy in rural areas like Lough Egish. Glanbia’s investment will have very positive impacts for the region, not only in terms of the 40 new direct jobs, but also in the indirect benefits to the local and wider economy”.

The new facility has a number of innovative technological features, developed in conjunction with Glanbia’s Innovation Centre in Kilkenny and supported by Enterprise Ireland. These include dual processing, which means that raw milk can be processed using direct or indirect heat, resulting in a fresher UHT product and a unique double homegenisation system for the production of cream. These technological innovations have led to the development of a pipeline of high end, premium products which deliver enhanced culinary performance to global food customers.

Commenting on the official opening, Henry Corbally, Chairman of Glanbia Group said: “The opening of this facility is further evidence of our support for the liquid milk business in Ireland. This new best-in-class facility will play a key role in our strategy to further develop an international business for Irish liquid milk and cream products and will ensure that our relationship with our farmer suppliers continues to deliver significant benefits and opportunities to them.”

Colin Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland added: “Today’s opening represents a significant investment in our future growth as well as being the next step in the evolution of the Avonmore brand. We look forward to serving the needs of our global customers from Lough Egish.”

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Notes to Editor:

About Glanbia plc

Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. 

Glanbia actively serves the nutritional needs of consumers directly through a range of branded products and as an ingredient partner to the wider food industry.  

Glanbia has deep roots in the dairy industry and has become the world’s leading producer and marketer of quality performance nutrition products supporting active lifestyles.  Its success as a global ingredients provider has been built on Glanbia’s expertise in nutritional solutions supported by significant investment in research and development. 

With a turnover of over €3.5 billion per annum, almost 6,000 employees and a presence in 34 countries worldwide, Glanbia’s vision is to be one of the world’s top performing nutrition companies, trusted to enrich lives every day.

Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland

Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland is a leading supplier of branded consumer products to the Irish market. Its Avonmore brand is the most chosen grocery brand in Ireland while other brands include Kilmeaden, the largest block cheddar cheese brand and a range of leading local milk brands including Premier milk. Its product offering focuses primarily on dairy products and includes standard and fortified milks, along with cheese, butter and cream as well as a range of chilled soups.

The commitment to innovation and new product development is exemplified by its fortified range of milks including Avonmore Super Milk, Slimline, Heart Active, Protein and Lactose-free which have redefined the milk category in Ireland.

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For further information, please contact:

Martha Kavanagh,
Head of Media Relations,
Glanbia

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