Glanbia to double capacity at Wexford plant with €35m investment

Glanbia, the global performance nutrition group, is to double milking capacity at its Wexford plant with a €35m investment.

The investment will secure the future of the plant’s 48 employees as well as generating between 60 and 70 jobs during the construction phase.

Glanbia acquired the Wexford Creamery plant in 2014 and last year it produced almost 20,000 tonnes of high quality cheddar cheese, as well as a valuable stream of high quality whey.

Chief executive at Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII), Jim Bergin, described the investment as a “tremendous vote of confidence” in the Wexford location.

“Our milk suppliers in Wexford are amongst the fastest growing and most progressive in the Glanbia catchment area. This investment will also enable further growth in our highly popular Wexford Cheese brand, which is being marketed in Ireland, the UK, the USA and, most recently, the Middle East”.

As well as increasing GII’s cheese processing capacity, the Wexford investment will deliver an additional whey stream for the sports nutrition sector, which is one of Glanbia’s key market sectors.

If planning approval is secured, plant works would commence in the fourth quarter of 2016 and are scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

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