Glanbia CFI makes multi-million euro investment in Ballitore facility
30 October 2015
Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland (CFI) has turned the sod on a major new development at its flagship Ballitore fresh milk packaging facility. The multi-million euro investment in a new on-site blow moulding plant will allow the Co. Kildare facility to manufacture its own high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic milk bottles for the first time.
This latest development will bring total investment at Ballitore over the past five years to €27 million; a move which Glanbia says reaffirms the site as a centre of excellence for fresh milk production.
The new facility will be run as part of a long-term partnership agreement between Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Nampak Plastics, a global leader in milk packaging. The supply contract between the two companies is worth approximately €10m per annum. Nampak Plastics have nine blow moulding sites across the UK, seven of which have in-plant facilities.
The new facility will remove 40 truck deliveries per week from the site and reduce carbon footprint at the plant by 250 tonnes per annum. The construction phase will create 25 new jobs and is scheduled for completion by June 2016.
Colin Gordon, CEO Consumer Foods Ireland, said this investment in the “world class blow moulding facility” is “further testimony” to its “commitment to the development of the liquid milk market in Ireland”. He added that it demonstrated the “continuous innovation” involved “in maintaining the growth of our branded milk portfolio including Avonmore, the nation’s favourite milk brand”.