‘White gold’ flows in Mallow as Dairygold opens €86m plant
PLANT CAN PROCESS 1,750 TONNES OF DAIRY INGREDIENT POWDERS PER WEEK
THE New Dairygold Nutritionals Campus in Mallow will create “a real foundation for the continued economic and social development of the Mallow and wider Dairygold catchment region.”
That’s the view of Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald who was speaking at the opening of the new €86 million facility.
The Tanaiste was among a large attendance at the launch last Friday, which included EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Dairygold executives and members and representatives from Enterprise Ireland and the local political and business fields.
A key pillar of Dairgold’s post quota plan to support the growth ambitions of its 2,900 members, the milk processing facility is capable of the full range of nutritional dairy ingredient powders in weekly volumes of up to 1,750 tonnes.
The investment was made in response to Dairygold members who in 2012 predicted an increase in their milk production post quota of 60% by the year 2020.
Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe said that that goal was already becoming a reality three years ahead of schedule, with milk volumes from their suppliers expected to exceed 1.3 billion litres this year -a 55% increase on the baseline milk supply volume.
This year alone, milk supplies are forecasted to be up by 105 million litres on 2016, with this increase alone worth an additional €39 million for the Society’s dairy farmers.
Mr Woulfe said the new facility “delivered on the twin objectives of Dairgold’s expansion plan”.
“This world-class campus not only caters for our members’ expanding milk production but it also puts in place the processing technology to expand our range of higher value ingredients for the adult and infant nutritionals sector. This in turn creates more value add for our increasing milk volumes,” said Mr Woulfe.
“This campus will be at the forefront of our nutritionals growth agenda with further investment planned in the near future,” he pledged.
With post quota expansion seeing the creation of 112 jobs within Dairgold, Mr Wolfe said the regeneration of the Mallow site had also had a positive impact on local employment, with 800 people employed through direct and indirect jobs linked to the project.
“It has also had indirect economic benefits allowing Dairygold suppliers expand their milkc production with the creation of additional jobs in farming and increase in activity for businesses that supply goods to Dairygold,” he said.
The Tánaiste said Dairygold’s commitment to its growth and expansion represented the “vigour and ambition” of Irish companies to perform and compete on a global stage.
A point enhanced by Commissioner Hogan who said the investment represented a significant step towards Dairgold cementing its position as a leading suppliers of cheese and dairy ingredients.
Irish companies such as Dairygold set the standard for Irish food exports and this investment in the regeneration of Mallow’s historic dairy processing site shows a commitment to continuing those high standards, while creating jobs and growth in rural communities,” he said.
Minister Creed praised the Dairygold board for their pro-active approach to the abolition of quotas, pointing out that planning commenced well in advance of their 2015 removal.
“It was this foresight and their consultation with their ambitious milk suppliers that allowed the plan to be put in place so that this facility and the others in Mitchelstown and Mogeely can be here today to facilitate dairy farmers across Munster to realise their own farm expansion plans,” he said.
Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe explaining the workings of the new €86 million Nutritionals Campus in Mallow to Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, Tániste Frances Fitzgerald and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan.
Cork County Mayor, Declan Hurley; Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed; An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald; EU Commissioner and Dairygold Mallow CEO Jim Woulfe pictured at the opening.
Sean McSweeney (Director Dairygold Lissarda), Sean McAuliffe (North Cork Co-op), Seamus O’Mahony (Agri Sales Dairygold Mallow), and Declan O’Keeffe (CEO Boherbue Co-op).
Anne O’ Mahony, Carrignavar; Ann Fogarty, Mitchelstown and Deirdre O’ Leary, Ennis, pictured at the opening in Mallow.
John McDonnell (Mallow Development Partnership), John Cooney (SIPTU) and Jim Kennedy (union chairman, Dairygold, Mallow).
Local County Councillors Gearóid Murphy and Melissa Mullane with John O’Dell, executive engineer, Cork County Council.