Flahavan’s €1.6 million mill investment
Ireland's favourite porridge maker, Flahavan's has invested in its Kilmacthomas to expand the organic oats side of the business
17 November 2009
Flahavan’s has announced a €1.6 million investment package for its Kilmacthomas mill in Co Waterford.
Already, the company has spent €500,000 on the installation of a dryer and associated grain handling equipment which is more energy efficient and can dry grain more quickly. Over the next month, a further €1.1 million will be spent on new storage units specifically for organic oats, with capacity for up to 4,000 tonnes.
Commenting on the announcement, company chairman, John Flahavan said: “This is one of the largest strategic investment plans that we have undertaken at the mill and secures future employment. Organic is a growing sector of our business, accounting for 15% of our sales, and we expect that this will increase. We are always trying to encourage Irish farmers to grow organic oats for us to meet the increased demand.”
Flahavans has been operating in Kilmacthomas for over 200 years and has been a source of local employment for six generations. It is one of Ireland’s longest-running family businesses and owner of the country’s now only remaining oat mill.