Ornua opens packing facility for Kerrygold brand in Nigeria
Ornua, Ireland's largest dairy product exporter, has opened a new Kerrygold packing facility in Nigeria, providing a new route to market for Irish powdered milk.
The new facility, which is a joint venture with its distribution partners Fareast Mercantile Company (FMC), will see powdered milk exported from Ireland to Nigeria where it will be repackaged under the Kerrygold brand.
The chief executive of Ornua, Kevin Lane, said the facility "is another important step in our growth plans for Africa.
"Nigeria is a young, vibrant country and one in which we see a real opportunity to grow the Kerrygold brand," he said.
The facility was opened by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who is leading a trade mission to Nigeria.
"Ireland's ambition to increase dairy production and gain a greater share of the global market requires innovation not only in terms of product development, but also in terms of how that product is brought to market," Minister Coveney said.
In 2013 Ornua established its African headquarters in Port Elizabet, directly and indirectly employing a total of 250 people.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ornua employs around 3,000 people globally and is responsible for around 60pc of Ireland's dairy exports to over 110 countries.
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and it is among the top three importers of powered milk products in Africa as well as being the largest importer for full-fat milk powder.
Last year Nigeria imported 166,000 tonnes of milk powder products that had an overall value of €455m.
Ornua is continuing to explore new formulation in its products through its packing and blending facilities.
The Irish firm has facilities across the UK, the United States, Germany, and the Middle East.
The company has posted annualised sales in excess of €2bn.