Moorepark dairy centre approved

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) and Teagasc have jointly announced the creation of a new Dairy Innovation Centre based in Moorepark.

The objective is to develop market-led product concepts which can be manufactured by IDB members and marketed internationally by the IDB.

The initiative is a response to the IDB's medium-term plans to maximise the expansion opportunities which will be created for the Irish dairy sector when the European Union abolishes milk quotas in 2015. The IDB say the partnership is a vital part of the it's strategy to boost the added value of Irish dairy exports, and Teagasc's strategy to support innovative research by commercial food companies.

Since September last year, both the IDB and Teagasc have undertaken a market-led, collaborative development programme on cheese and this is progressing positively with four new cheese product concepts being developed.

Following the establishment of a successful working relationship between the two, this collaboration is now being formalised in the establishment of the IDB Dairy Innovation Centre in Moorepark, and it will have a full-time staff of five supported by four Teagasc scientists. It will be supported by the IDB's international marketing and commercial teams.

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