IFA Organic Project Team Chairman Nigel Renaghan said the fire in the Glenisk plant in Offaly is devastating for the Cleary family and the Glenisk brand.
Extensive damage has been done to the plant in Killeigh, Co. Offaly following a serious fire yesterday. Thankfully, there were no injuries arising from the incident.
“The fire could have disastrous consequences for organic milk suppliers. The facility handles the majority of organic milk across the island of Ireland,” he said.
Glenisk sources milk from approximately 50 organic dairy farmers across Ireland and it’s the destination for 90% of organic milk.
Up to now, the company had bolstered its sale of organic yogurts, following a period of growth since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The number of staff employed by the firm had grown to 85 and it held the number one position in the yogurt market in Ireland with a 19% share.
“Glenisk suppliers must be safeguarded at this time, and alternative arrangements put in place for the processing of the milk,” he said.