Lakelands to create 81 new jobs

Lakeland Dairies is a cross-border co-operative.
Lakeland Dairies is a cross-border co-operative.
Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

Lakeland Dairies is to invest €36m in an expansion of milk powder processing operations at Bailieboro, Co Cavan.

The overall development will create 81 jobs across the Lakeland Dairies Group over five years. Up to 180 construction jobs will also be created by contractors during the building, installation and commissioning phases for the new processing facilities.

Construction will start immediately and Minister for Jobs and Enterprise, Richard Bruton, turned the first sod for the new development yesterday, together Lakeland Dairies chairman and chief executive, Alo Duffy and Michael Hanley.

Lakeland currently produces 80,000t of milk powders a year and this will rise to 130,000t on completion of the project in 2016. The co-operative also produces 24,000t of butter on the same site.

"The expansion of our operations at Bailieboro will create further advantages for our milk producers. In particular, we see continuing opportunity in the areas of infant formulae, dairy proteins and health related nutritional products, among other categories, where we are a globally recognised leading supplier of the highest quality milk powders," Mr Hanley said.

"Growth in our global dairy ingredients business is being fuelled by consumer trends and developments in food industry sectors where we have access to key markets and customers throughout the world. Over the past five years we have transformed our processing capabilities and have also underpinned our export potential with new global logistics facilities," he added.

Minister Bruton said the Lakelands announcement was confirmation of the "massive potential" for regional job creation in the food sector. "The removal of milk quotas later this year offers huge opportunities that we intend to exploit to support jobs growth across every region," he said.

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