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IFA Welcomes Glanbia, A-ware Partnership, Must Add Value To Farmers

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has welcomed the partnership investment being made by Glanbia with Royal A-ware, but has called for it to add value for farmers.

Speaking on Friday, IFA President Joe Healy called the partnership a positive step to diversify milk processing away from Cheddar Cheese in the context of the current Brexit uncertainty.

“I am sure Glanbia suppliers will welcome the fact that the product mix on which their remuneration is based is being made less dependent on the UK market,” Healy said.

Value To Farmers

His colleague, IFA Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan, said that for Glanbia’s suppliers, and all of Ireland’s dairy farmers, it was crucial that more value is added to their milk.

It would go towards leveraging fully farmers’ hard work on sustainability, he said.

“Diversifying away from the UK market is important, but adding more value to milk in the process is absolutely crucial. Our industry must now put more emphasis on adding value than volume,” Phelan added.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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