Aurivo’s new €26m spray dryer facility in Ballaghaderreen will boost its dairy ingredients’ capacity by some 55%, producing over 60,000-tonnes of milk powders for international markets and 15,000-tonnes of butter annually.
Officially opened today (Friday, July 26th), by Minister Creed, the new dryer is a significant element of Aurivo’s €48m capital investment programme announced in 2018.
‘Vote of confidence’
Minister Creed said: “At a time of uncertainty with issues such as Brexit looming in the background, this and other capital investment initiatives under Aurivo’s ambitious five-year strategy programme is a vote of confidence for growth potential within the Irish dairy sector.”
Constructed between October 2018 and April of this year, 150 construction workers worked solidly around the clock, seven days a week to complete the project on time and in line with budget.
Highly energy efficient, the new facility uses bulk renewable natural gas as its heat energy source and is the first manufacturing facility in the country to use this energy source.
The investment will enable Aurivo to drive its innovation for customers and thereby, continue to “return a leading milk price to its 1,000 dairy farmers across 14 counties including Northern Ireland”.
Pat Duffy, Chairman of Aurivo said: “This investment would not be possible without the support of Aurivo’s milk suppliers, who continue to supply premium quality milk as well as continued financial support through share standard.”
“The new dryer will ensure that the future generations of farming family’s suppliers and employees are in a safe well-governed co-op for generations to come and that all milk produced in this region will be processed to the highest standards for our numerous markets around the globe.”
500m-litre milk business
Aaron Forde, CEO of Aurivo said: “Enhanced facilities akin to the dryer being formally opened today ensures an enhanced service to our existing customers as well as enabling us to access new international markets.”
“This is an example of our growth strategy in action and plays an important role in achieving our goal to grow Aurivo by 25% to a 500m-litre milk business over the next three years. This is well on track.”
“As one of the most carbon-efficient milk production regions of the world, we believe the opportunities are great for dairy in global markets.”
New product development
The investment has been supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.
Eddie Hughes, Department Manager, Dairy, Functional Foods, Beverages & Food FDI, Enterprise Ireland said: “Pooling together innovation with best in class facilities, the new capital infrastructure will support the company’s plans to expand its dairy ingredient business through new product development.”