Irish Dairy Board opens new $12m cheese plant in US

Wednesday 25 June 2014 07.26
New plant is the final part of an €80m investment programme made by IDB in the US
New plant is the final part of an €80m investment programme made by IDB in the US

The Irish Dairy Board is to officially open a new $12m cheese-making facility in Wisconson in the US today. 

The plant is part of its Thiel Cheese & Ingredients subsidiary and is the final part of an €80m investment programme made by the company in the US. 

The IDB said the new facility will boost its manufacturing capacity in America by 40%, while it will also provide a strong route to market for Irish dairy producers.

The Irish Dairy Board is an agri-food commercial co-operative which markets and sells dairy products on behalf of the country's dairy processors and dairy farmers.

The IDB has annualised sales in the region of €2 billion. Headquartered in Dublin, the business employs some 3,100 people globally.  It is responsible for exporting about 60% of Ireland’s dairy products to over 100 countries.

The IDB has annualised sales in the region of €2 billion. Headquartered in Dublin, the business employs some 3,100 people globally.  It is responsible for exporting about 60% of Ireland’s dairy products to over 100 countries.

Its brands include Kerrygold, Pilgrims Choice, Dubliner cheese and BEO, a popular milk powder sold in Africa.

"Today marks the completion of a very significant investment programme by IDB into the US Food Ingredients market and is in-line with our growth strategy to invest in high growth dairy businesses that deliver strong returns to our members," commented the board's chief executive Kevin Lane. 

"The focus of this investment is on innovation as much as production with our new facility enhancing our ability to create innovative food solutions that meet the evolving needs of our US customer base and their brands," Mr Lane added.