Ornua butter plant targets international demand, courts controversy: Irish dairy co-op Ornua expects to open a new butter manufacturing plant in Mitchelstown later this year.
The new plant will take the place of aging third-party facilities. It will be the company’s first production facility in Ireland, a move that some analysts believe could generate tension in the Irish dairy sector given Ornua’s position as an international marketer of dairy products manufactured by its members.
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Ornua said it was needed “to meet the increasingly sophisticated international market requirements for tailored products, including new butter products and formats not currently available in Ireland.” One of its primary initial items will be stick butter for the U. Ornua downplayed the issue, noting that its members’ cream would be going into the butter.
For more on the potential controversy, read the Irish Times article here. Rod Quin, CEO of New Zealand’s Westland Milk Products, is stepping down. Australia’s Camperdown Dairy International (CDI) is investigating an IPO to raise A0 million to expand its infant formula business. Australi an organic milk, yogurt, cheese and butter maker B.-d.
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