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Aurivo Invests to Create Most Sustainable Liquid Milk Facility at its Killygordon Site

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Aurivo Invests to Create Most Sustainable Liquid Milk Facility at its Killygordon Site

Aurivo Invests to Create Most Sustainable Liquid Milk Facility at its Killygordon Site
September 25
12:25 2019
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Aurivo, which is one of Ireland’s leading dairy and agribusinesses, has completed a significant investment in its milk processing facility at Killygordon in County Donegal. The €6 million investment, which is an element of the co-op’s €48 million capital investment programme announced last year, will double the processing capacity of the milk plant, which produces a variety of fresh milk products for well-known national and regional milk brands such as Donegal Creameries, Connacht Gold and Organic for Us. Importantly, the investment allows the Killygordon milk plant to significantly reduce on-site fossil fuel consumption by some 80%.

Pat Duffy (pictured right), chairman of Aurivo, says: “This investment could not be possible but for our valued suppliers in the Northern half of Ireland. These are indeed challenging times for the Irish dairy sector and we are acutely conscious that in the event of a no deal Brexit, with dairy products being hit the hardest, the impact of tariff barriers and bureaucracy will have a hugely negative impact on farmers north of the border. As a co-op, Aurivo is focused on making our suppliers’ businesses as profitable and sustainable as possible, and since Brexit became a reality in 2016, we have been developing plans to ensure that we can efficiently process and market Northern Ireland milk supply over the coming years.”

In addition to the installation of a larger pasteuriser, separator and homogeniser and milk standardising equipment that increases hourly capacity by 80%, works as part of the investment programme at the Killygordon plant also include the installation of an advanced packaging device capable of packing 1.5 litre, 1.75 litre and 2 litre biopack cartons, which utilises 75% less plastic. These new packs are fully recyclable using no fossil-based plastic.

Aaron Forde (pictured left), chief executive of Aurivo, says: “As the second largest liquid milk processor in the country, this investment enhances and solidifies our market position. The increased capacity aligned with cost efficiencies and positive environmental impacts readies our Killygordon plant for long-term sustainable growth and contributes significantly to Aurivo and its consumer foods business. This investment, along with others as part of our five-year growth strategy, works to ensure that all our efforts are directed to doing the best job possible to maximise the return to our member owners while maintaining a strong sustainable business.”

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