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Connacht Gold Maker Aurivo Invests €6M In Donegal Processing Plant

Connacht Gold maker Aurivo has announced that it has invested €6 million in its processing plant in Killygordon.

The milk producers said that the recent investment in Donegal will double production and slash fossil fuel use, reports the Irish Independent.

Aurivo chairman Pat Duffy said improved efficiencies at Killygordon would help to strengthen the company's ability to cope with Brexit-related difficulties.

Challenging Times

Speaking with the Irish Independent Aurivo chairman Pat Duffy said that these are indeed challenging times for the Irish dairy sector.

"We are acutely conscious that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with dairy products being hit the hardest, the impact of tariff barriers and bureaucracy will have a hugely negative impact on farmers." Duffy highlighted.

"As a co-op, Aurivo is focused on making our suppliers' businesses as profitable and sustainable as possible, and since Brexit became a reality in 2016, we have been developing plans to ensure that we can efficiently process and market milk supply."

Five Year Plan

The Irish agricultural cooperative announced a €48 million investment plan for the business for the next five years in August last year.

The new expansion programme incorporates a range of projects across its dairy ingredients, consumer foods and agri-businesses and will grow employment across the Co-Operative between now and the end of 2022.

The move is ‘a key component’ of its Engage 2022 strategic plan, and the most recent investment has been supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Other house hold products that are  manufactured at the Killygordon facility include Organic for Us and Donegal Creameries.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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