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Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland plan to build a new €140 million continental cheese facility in Belview, Ireland, creating 80 jobs

Publication date: 22-01-2019

22 January 2019: Royal A-ware, a leading global cheese and dairy producer in The Netherlands, and Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, today announce plans to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.

It is proposed that a total of €140 million will be invested in this best-in-class facility. The new facility is scheduled for commissioning in 2022 and will produce continental cheeses in various formats.
Once fully commissioned, the new facility will have a production capacity of 450 million litres of milk per annum.  Approximately 80 full time jobs will be created at the facility. It is expected that a further 100 temporary jobs will be created during the construction phase.
Milk used in the production process on site will be sourced from local suppliers and the cheese will be marketed and sold to global customers.


Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said: “Today’s announcement of international collaboration between Royal A-ware and Glanbia Ireland is welcome news for the South East region. Growing jobs at a regional level is a key focus for government and with the looming challenge of Brexit, supporting economic growth in our regions through such actions as product diversification, thereby helping to create sustainable and quality jobs, is a huge priority for Government. I would like to congratulate Glanbia Ireland for their continued commitment to supporting the growth and development of their suppliers, further leveraging Ireland’s positive international reputation in the dairy sector.”

Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said: “The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry supporting over 174,000 jobs across rural Ireland, from farms to food processing. Investments like this cheese manufacturing facility in Belview are a critical response to the challenges posed by Brexit, in terms of developing new products and new markets.”


Jan Anker, Chief executive of Royal A-Ware Group, added: “We are proud to announce this partnership with Glanbia Ireland. With this announcement, Royal A-ware is taking another step towards achieving its goals of working with strategic partners to build innovative and sustainable agri-food chains and offering its customers an enhanced product portfolio.  It also gives our company access to additional volumes of high-quality cheese through a local supply chain.”

Jim Bergin, Chief Executive of Glanbia Ireland commented: “We are delighted to partner with Royal A-ware, a leading global producer of continental cheeses, to build a world-class cheese plant in the south-east of Ireland. This new partnership will create a new route to market for Glanbia Ireland suppliers’ milk and diversify our portfolio of consumer dairy products and ingredients.Since 2014 we have invested €343m to facilitate a 42% increase in milk production by Glanbia farmers. This proposed new investment is now required to diversify our product mix and to ensure that our suppliers have the opportunity to fulfil their growth ambitions.


Orla Battersby, Head of Food Division, Enterprise Ireland concluded: “Today’s announcement by Royal A-ware and Glanbia demonstrates that Ireland remains at the forefront of dairy innovation for the global marketplace and an attractive location for international dairy investments.”


The proposed new facility will be located at a greenfield site near to the site of Glanbia Ireland’s infant nutrition plant at Belview, Co Kilkenny. First opened in 2015, the Glanbia infant nutrition plant at Belview is a flagship manufacturing site for Glanbia Ireland and is currently the subject of a €130 million investment to install a third drier and expand production capacity.

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Royal A-ware Group of the Netherlands and Glanbia Ireland have announced plans to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, Co Kilkenny, Ireland. Pictured at the announcement of the new partnership were Jan Anker, Chief Executive of Royal A-Ware Group, and Jim Bergin, Chief Executive of Glanbia Ireland. The new facility will have a production capacity of 450 million litres of milk per annum and is scheduled for commissioning in 2022.


For further information, please contact:
Pat O’ Keeffe, Glanbia Ireland - pwokeeffe@glanbia.ie / T: +353 87 2414970
Tamara Chaloulakos, Royal A-ware - Tamara.Chaloulakos@royal-aware.com / T: +31 620 35 1859

 

 

About Glanbia Ireland
Glanbia Ireland is an ambitious, integrated agri-food and nutrition business, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Premier Milk, Wexford, mymilkman.ie and GAIN Animal Nutrition.  It processes a 2.7 billion litre milk pool from 21 counties and exports high quality dairy and agri ingredients as well as branded products to over 70 countries. Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. With annual revenue of €1.8 billion, Glanbia Ireland has 11 processing plants, 53 agri branches and over 1,800 employees.

About Royal A-Ware Food Group
Royal A-ware is a family-owned dairy company located in the Netherlands. Royal A-ware is specialized in producing, ripening, packing and selling cheese and other fresh food products like fresh dairy, cream and tapas. Royal A-ware is an entrepreneurial and customer-driven organization, creative and innovative in creating shorter, sustainable agri-food chains together with their (international) chain partners. It has six dairy processing facilities, multiple warehouses and over 2,000 employees.