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Glanbia’s new factory will still be producing cheese in 2079

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Glanbia Co-op’s new cheese factory in Belview, County Kilkenny, will continue to produce cheese for 55 years and during that time, at an average price of milk, will pay 160 million euros a year to farming families in the South East.

said Jim Bergin, CEO of Glanbia Co-op, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new location last week.

The joint venture between Glanbia Co-op and Dutch milk producer Royal A-ware, located just meters from the port of Belview, will produce continental cheese for global markets when completed in 2024. It will produce over 50,000t per year of continental cheese including Edam, Gouda and Emmental, marketed by Royal A-ware.

The facility will use approximately 450 million liters of milk from Glanbia milk suppliers each year and the facility will allow Glanbia to process all of its own milk. Currently, in the months with the highest milk supply, part of the milk is sent to third parties for processing.

“Our Ballyragget plant had a day like this in 1967 – that’s 55 years ago. And it works just as well today as it did on day one,” said Mr. Bergin. “As a result, this facility that we are beginning to build now will be producing cheese here in 2079.

“Assuming an average milk price, it will pay farming families in the Southeast €160 million every year, and a total of €8.8 billion to our farmers’ families in this region by 2079.

“And if we apply the economic multiplier … it will have generated €17.6 billion in economic activity in this region.” The facility, he said, is a statement of ambition, hope and security.

Mr Bergin also acknowledged it hasn’t been an easy road so far, saying it was a testament to Royal A-ware CEO Jan Anker to get to this point, saying on days of setbacks: “On Business is business, what do we need to do next”.

The project, coming six years after the UK’s Brexit referendum, would help Irish cheesemakers diversify away from reliance on cheddar cheese exports to the UK.

Mr Bergin said that while he hoped the UK, which buys 17 per cent of Glanbia’s cheese, would remain a key market for Glanbia, the diversification of cheese products from the new facility will give the co-op “huge opportunities for diversification” should things deteriorate should in years to come.

Consistent

The project was delayed after environmental concerns, and Mr Bergin said Glanbia Co-op was “focused on ensuring this facility becomes one of the most sustainable cheese factories in the world”.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, who was also at the groundbreaking ceremony, said the project could be “a sustainable development”.

He also reiterated that while Ireland would do everything it could to reduce its emissions, it would not mean closing factories or taking people’s cars away or telling them to reduce the size of their herds.

“That’s not going to happen,” he said. “And I think people worry about these things happening.”

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