Lakeland Dairies unveils £28m Co Cavan expansion

Lakeland Dairies expanded operations with a £28 million investment in its Bailieboro processing plant in Co Cavan
Gareth McKeown

LEADING cross border co-operative Lakeland Dairies has expanded operations with a £28 million investment in its Co Cavan plant.

Lakeland, who process over 1.2 billion litres of milk a year, has opened a new technologically advanced milk powder plant at its Bailieboro site.

The new facility will produce 160,000 tonnes of milk powders and 50,000 tonnes of butter and is among the most advanced plants of its kind in the world and one of the largest in Europe.

It is Lakeland's third milk drying plant at its Bailieboro processing centre and the development is designed to ensure that the co-operative is well positioned to take advantage of all future market opportunities for its milk producers.

Lakeland Dairies' chairman Alo Duffy said the new facility will ensure the co-operative is at the "forefront of the global dairy food ingredients industry".

"This development will underpin our further progress in a rapidly changing world of international trade where we have a heritage of over 120 years in dairy farming and an unstinting commitment to making the most excellent dairy products for all of our customers.”

Group CEO Michael Hanley added:

“Our strategy is to create long term competitiveness and sustainability for all of our milk producers, north and south, and to meet the long term needs of our valued customers in the global food industry where we see constant demand for our products. We have created a culture of innovation and excellence across our entire organisation which will continue to drive the business forward."

Lakeland Dairies processes over 1.2 billion litres of farm produced milk annually into 240 value-added dairy foodservice products and food ingredients for export to over 80 countries worldwide. In addition to the new plant in Co Cavan the co-operative also operates a major global logistics centre at its foodservice manufacturing site in Newtownards, and acquired Fane Valley Dairies in Banbridge last year.

With 2,400 dairy farmers supplying milk to the co-operative across 15 counties north and south, the group employs over 800 people.

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