Glanbia Cheese, a joint venture business between Glanbia and Leprino Foods, has announced plans to build a €130m mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility at the recently established Togher National Industrial Estate in Portlaoise, Ireland.
The new facility, which is being supported by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, will have a production capacity of 45,000 tonnes per annum.
Nearly 250 jobs are expected to be created during the construction of the facility. After completion, approximately 78 fulltime jobs will be created at the plant.
Construction is expected to commence later in 2018, subject to planning permission. The new facility is expected to begin production in 2020.
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said: “Glanbia’s continuous investment here shows their commitment and confidence in Ireland, our dairy excellence and our talented workforce. I congratulate Glanbia, Leprino Foods and Enterprise Ireland and look forward to their continued success here in Portlaoise.”
Glanbia and Leprino Foods already have a joint venture partnership in Glanbia Cheese, which was established in 2000 and has manufacturing operations in Llangefni in Wales and in Magheralin, Northern Ireland.
The new facility will provide cheese solutions for customers across Europe.
Glanbia group managing director Siobhán Talbot said: “We have worked closely with Enterprise Ireland on this project and are very appreciative of their support and commitment. We now look forward to moving the project on to its next phase.”
The Portlaoise facility will source most of the raw materials from Glanbia Ireland. The facility will supply products to customers in the food service sector of the pizza category across Europe.
Leprino Foods president Mike Durkin said: “This new plant in Portlaoise is an exciting project that will not only expand our thriving partnership with Glanbia, but will take advantage of our combined experience, knowledge and strengths to build a state-of-the-art facility to meet consumer demand for mozzarella cheese.”
Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon said: “Today’s announcement is one of the largest new name Food FDI projects secured for Ireland by Enterprise Ireland in recent times. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment from the global food industry into Ireland and we are delighted to support this significant investment project which was won for Ireland and Laois against strong competition from many other locations.”
Image: Glanbia Group chairman Martin Keane; Glanbia Group MD Siobhan Talbot; Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan; Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon, and Glanbia Cheese CEO Paul Vernon. Photo: courtesy of Enterprise Ireland.