Danone plans a shot in arm for Dairygold
The announcement that Danone is to significantly expand its Irish baby food production operation is a real boost for Macroom and west Cork.
Let's face it, any new jobs announcement is good news in the current climate.
However, the benefits of the expansion plan will spread well beyond the beautiful banks of the Sullane.
An immediate beneficiary is Dairygold. The Cork co-op is the main supplier of whey to Danone's plant in Macroom.
Industry sources maintain that the volumes supplied by Dairygold will treble once the new facility is fully operational.
It is understood that the Danone contract will take up to half of Dairygold's total whey output.
This is a real shot in the arm for Dairygold, particularly when viewed against the expected increase in milk output once quotas are abolished in 2015.
Dairygold did not make an official response to the Danone announcement but a co-op source said the milk processor was delighted.