IFA President Joe Healy welcomed the partnership investment being made by Glanbia with Royal A-ware as a positive step to diversify milk processing away from Cheddar Cheese in the context of the current Brexit uncertainty. “I am sure Glanbia suppliers will welcome the fact that the product mix on which their remuneration is based is being made less dependent on the UK market,” Mr Healy said.
IFA Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said for Glanbia suppliers and all Ireland’s dairy farmers, it was crucial that more value be added to their milk, leveraging fully farmers’ hard work on sustainability.
“Diversifying away from the UK market is important, but adding more value to milk in the process is absolutely crucial. Our industry must now put more emphasis on adding value than volume,” Mr Phelan concluded.