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Monday 25 September 2017

Good news for the dairy industry with the creation of 90 jobs at Glanbia

Glanbia CEO Siobhan Talbot
Glanbia CEO Siobhan Talbot
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

DAIRY group Glanbia is to create 90 jobs in Monaghan and Dublin.

The Kilkenny-based company said it will build a new UHT (ultra heat treated) facility Monaghan to produce long-life liquid milk and cream, for export to emerging markets like China and the Middle East. The new facility should open early next year and employ up to 40 people. It will manufacture a range of UHT milk and cream products, including export versions of Avonmore milk.

The announcement follows increased collaboration between the Irish and Chinese governments, including recent visits to China by both the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. China is active in seeking sustainable sources of quality dairy produce globally, to meet its growing domestic demand for dairy.

The company, which employs around 2,000 people in Ireland, has also decided to base its EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) headquarters for its performance nutrition division, a business worth €700m globally, in Dublin. Along with a number of new positions being created in its ingredients and business services units, this will create an extra 50 skilled jobs at the new offices.

“This new state of the art UHT facility is a key part of our strategy to develop an international business for Irish liquid milk and cream products" said Colin Gordon, chief executive of Glanbia Consumer Products. "There is a strong business case for this investment and we have had an excellent response from potential customers, globally."

Glanbia is also in the process of building a €150m new dairy processing facility at Belview in County Kilkenny.

“I am delighted to welcome the announcement of 90 jobs and associated investments by Glanbia. They are an endorsement of Ireland’s Food Harvest 2020 plan and demonstrate the confidence that Glanbia has in its suppliers to deliver high quality milk. Developing an Irish branded, UHT product, for the Chinese market is a really important, strategic move for both the company and the Irish Dairy industry."

"I am also heartened to see the company set up its EMEA, head office, in Dublin for its performance nutrition business. This is a part of the dairy industry where Ireland and Glanbia are leaders” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

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