Work begins on IDB Algerian unit

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

Work has begun on a new 4,000t Irish Dairy Board (IDB) packing facility in Algeria.

The announcement comes as a ministerial delegation to the country opened the IDB's first sales office in North Africa.

It marks the first in what the company hopes will be an expansionary phase in the coming years as it develops markets for the projected increases in Irish dairy output.

Algeria has already become the IDB's second largest market for cheese since the company launched its products there three years ago.

Senior Department of Agriculture officials joined representatives from the IDB and Bord Bia over the weekend, when the delegation met with their Algerian counterparts for discussions on the possibility of significantly increasing dairy and meat exports to the country in the near future.

Algeria has 35 million people and it imported €38m worth of Irish dairy products last year.

The dairy market in Algeria is currently growing at a rate of 8pc a year.

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