Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD recently presided over the official opening of Aurivo’s spray dryer facility in Ballaghaderreen.
The new dryer is a significant element of Aurivo’s €48m capital investment programme announced in 2018 and will boost Aurivo’s Dairy Ingredients’ capacity by some 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powders for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.
Commenting, Minister Creed said: “I’m delighted to be here to mark the official opening of Aurivo’s spray dryer facility in Ballaghaderreen. At a time of uncertainty with issues such as Brexit looming in the background, this and other capital investment initiatives under Aurivo’s ambitious five-year strategy programme is a vote of confidence for growth potential within the Irish dairy sector. I’d like to congratulate Aurivo for its continued commitment to supporting the growth ambitions of its members and its role in helping to ensure that Ireland remains at the forefront within the global dairy marketplace”.
Constructed between October 2018 and April of this year, 150 construction workers worked solidly around the clock, seven days a week to complete the project on time and in line with budget. Highly energy efficient, the new facility uses bulk renewable natural gas as its heat energy source and is the first manufacturing facility in the country to use this energy source. The investment will enable Aurivo to drive its innovation for customers and thereby continue to return a leading milk price to its 1000 dairy farmers across 14 counties including Northern Ireland.