CONNACHT GOLD has announced it has reached an agreement with The Different Dairy Company to acquire its Organic for Us brand.
The announcement further strengthens its consumer food portfolio, following on from the take over of Donegal Creameries PLC's milk business earlier this year.
The Different Dairy Company will now concentrate on growing the Rumblers brand in Ireland as well as its UK businesses Chef in a Box Ltd and Bio Green Dairy Ltd.
Based at Ireland's largest organic farm at An Grianan, Co. Donegal, the Organic for Us brand was a gold medal winner at the 2011 Blas na hEireann awards which celebrate the very best of Irish produce.
The acquisition of this brand will allow Connacht Gold to reach new markets and consumers in the important organic segment.
Commenting on the acquisition, Eoghan Sweeney, general manger of consumer foods at Connacht Gold said;
"We are delighted to add yet another prestigious and quality brand to our award winning dairy portfolio.
"At Connacht Gold we are continuously looking at new ways to innovate and bring new product offerings to our consumers.
"Organic for Us is a leading supplier of organic milk products in the Irish market and we look forward to working with the brand."
Connacht Gold employs 726 people in 52 locations across the west and northwest.
The co-op has 1,000 milk suppliers in 10 counties and an annual milk pool of 370 million litres.
It exports dairy products to 20 countries.