[22 January/Dairy Reporter]

Netherlands based cheese and dairy company, Royal A-Ware, is partnering with Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, to build a new EUR140m continental cheese manufacturing facility in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Scheduled to be opened in 2022 the 450m litres of milk a year facility will produce continental cheeses in various formats and provide around 80 full time jobs, and a further 100 temporary jobs during construction. Jan Anker, chief executive of Royal A-Ware said that this new partnership was another step towards achieving its goals of working with strategic partners to build innovative and sustainable agri-food chains, adding that it gives the company access to additional volumes of high-quality cheese through a local supply chain. Jim Bergin, chief executive of Glanbia Ireland, said the partnership will create a new route to market for Glanbia Ireland suppliers’ milk and diversify the company’s portfolio of consumer dairy products and ingredients. Mr Bergin noted that since 2014 Glanbia Ireland has invested EUR 343m to facilitate a 42% increase in milk production by Glanbia farmers. First opened in 2015, the Glanbia infant nutrition plant at Belview is currently the subject of a EUR130m investment to install a third drier and expand production capacity.