Glanbia Co-op and Glanbia Ireland have changed their names to Tirlán after deciding last year to buy Glanbia PLC’s stake in their Irish dairy and cereals business.
Combining the Irish words ‘Tír’ for land and ‘Lán’ for full, Tirlán means ‘Land of Abundance’ and represents the ‘deep connection’ and ‘relationship’ between the cooperative, its employees and the land they feed together to farm and sustain’.
Tirlán was simultaneously introduced to employees and shareholders during a webinar held today at Co-op’s new collaboration center in the Abbey Quarter in the city of Kilkenny.
In December 2021, farmers’ shareholders voted to purchase the remaining 40% stake in Glanbia Ireland from Glanbia plc to become full owners of the Irish dairy and cereals business.
Cooperative shareholders are being asked to vote in favor of the cooperative’s name change in the coming weeks.
Glanbia plc will retain the Glanbia name as a fully separate entity and will continue to operate under that name. Tirlán will remain Glanbia plc’s largest shareholder with a stake of 31.9%*.
Tirlán will be Ireland’s largest dairy processor, sourcing its dairy and grain from a network of over 6,000 farming families. Tirlán’s portfolio includes many of Ireland’s best known dairy brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Premier, Wexford and international brands such as GAIN Animal Nutrition, Truly Grass Fed, Millac and Solmiko Nutritional Milk Proteins.
As a cooperative, Tirlán is 100% farmer-owned with 11 processing plants, 52 agricultural branches and over 2,100 employees. Sales are estimated at over 3 billion euros this year.
Given recent pressure on the dairy industry to improve its environmental performance, she said sustainability is of huge importance.
It has set out a roadmap with ambitions to be net-zero in carbon emissions by 2050, with an absolute 30% reduction by 2030 and a similar reduction in carbon intensity from milk production.
Introducing Tirlán to Kilkenny, CEO Jim Bergin said the Tirlán name was unveiled with historical awareness and optimism.
“Our organization has evolved throughout our 100-year history. At the beginning of this new phase of our cooperative’s journey, Tirlán has ambitions for an ever larger role in the economy at large, in the international food and nutrition sector and particularly in rural communities around the country.
“We are so proud of our history and heritage and determined that a sense of pride and identity will always be at the heart of our business. That is what Tirlán stands for.”
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