Ornua has said its Kerrygold butter and cheese products are on track to post sales volume growth of nearly 30% in the US this year.

Ornua was formerly known as the Irish Dairy Board.

Kerrygold Butter has now reached the number three position in the US market, up from fifth place at this time last year.

Increasing awareness of the nutritional benefits of choosing butter from grass fed cows, has allowed Kerrygold to benefit from resurgence in butter sales in the US.

Ornua also said that its Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese has also grown strongly in the speciality cheese category. 

Kerrygold Cheddar (including Dubliner) has overtaken other brands to become the number one speciality cheese in dollar sales.