Ór-Real Irish Butter, which is produced by North Cork Creameries, has announced that has now been added to the shelves across SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide.
North Cork Creameries was established in Kanturk in 1928 and has been making butter for almost 100 years using summer milk from local, certified grass-fed cows.
According to the butter brand, Ór-Real Irish Butter is made using the traditional method of slow churning, the only addition is a touch of salt.
Pat Sheahan, CEO of North Cork Creameries, said, “We have strong ambitions to grow Ór-Real Irish Butter and it is wonderful to see the brand on SuperValu and Centra shelves across the country. There is a real appetite for quality, natural products and we’re seeing a resurgence in the demand for Real Irish butter.
"We’re in a unique position in North Cork with the right amount of rain and ideal soil profiles to enable us to produce the highest quality milk from grass-fed cows. We thrive on tradition and use our generations of expertise to turn the finest local milk into butter."
Sheahan noted that the company knows its farmers and their farms "really well" and that North Cork Creameries believes in sustainable farming.
"Our farmers, their families and our locality are all part of what makes Ór-Real Irish Butter special,” he added.
The farmer owned independent cooperative employs more than 100 local people directly, it supports 250 local family farm milk suppliers and contributes significantly to the local economy.
Its revenues increased by 16% in 2021 to just over €155 million.
The co-operative processed 226m litres of whole milk last year and produced 17,580 tonnes of butter.
North Cork Creameries won Gold in the dairy butter category of the 2021 Blas na hÉireann awards, as well as being a finalist in 2019 and 2020.
Additionally, North Cork Creameries has won the prestigious Irish Quality Food & Drink Q Awards for a number of years in succession as well as medals at the Great Taste Awards in both 2019 and 2020.