Norwegian dairy investing in Cork cheese plant
Norwegian dairy group TINE is to co-invest in a speciality cheese plant at Mogeely, Co Cork, alongside Irish producer Dairygold.
The project is in addition to Dairygold's €200m capital development programme focused on processing plants in Mallow and Mitchelstown.
The existing Mogeely plant is dedicated to the production of speciality continental cheeses for export. The new initiative, which is at planning stage, is for construction of a new Jarlsberg cheese production facility.
TINE is Norway's largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative. Dairygold currently produce Jarlsberg cheese for TINE in Mogeely, under a relationship that goes back over ten years.
"The proposed new investment will enable TINE and Dairygold to further develop what is already a strong relationship between the two like-minded farmer-owned businesses," says Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said the move will give Irish milk another route to an established cheese market.