October 20, 2011
Irish Dairy Board opens plant in Staffordshire
To expand its ingredients production in UK, the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) opened a facility in Staffordshire Friday (Oct 14).
The plant replaces the existing Adams Food Ingredients (AFI) manufacturing facility in Leek.
The new 65,000 square feet AFI site, including an innovation centre, was completed on time and cost EUR12.7 million (US$17.7million), the IDB said. It will employ 50 people that were transferred from the Prince Street plant. As a result of the investment, 10 additional jobs have been created.
The new facility's production capacity is expected be over 20,000 tonnes per annum, double the level of the Leek plant.
The IDB said the new plant will develop "dairy ingredient solutions, aimed at customers in Britain and export markets". However, a spokesperson did not disclose what exports markets these would be.
IDB CEO Kevin Lane added that this investment provides the Irish dairy industry with further market opportunities to meet the growing demand from food manufacturers for high quality dairy ingredients. Their purpose built innovation centre allows them to work more closely with food manufacturers in developing specific formulations.
The expansion is the latest investment at the IDB. Last month, it opened a new representative office in Algeria as a critical base from which to develop and extend its footprint in North Africa.