The Chinese vice president, Mr Xi Jinping paid a visit to the dairy farm of James Lynch in County Clare in Ireland.
The visit by the future Chinese leader was facilitated to allow Xi Jinping observe first-hand the quality milk production and farming techniques in operation in Irish agriculture today.
Lynch supplies his milk to Dairygold, Ireland’s largest co-operative milk processor, which in turn provides the raw ingredient for a wide range of Dairygold Food Ingredients products.
Dairygold Food Ingredients exports some of the key ingredients for infant formula to China and James was proud to demonstrate the link between his farm and the quality product Dairygold supplies to Chinese consumers.
In 2011 Dairygold Food Ingredients became the leading supplier to the Chinese market of demineralised whey, a key ingredient of infant formula.
Dairygold began trading with China 10 years ago in 2001. Over the intervening period sales have grown considerably involving - Demineralised Whey Powders, Whey Protein Concentrates (WPC’s) and Specialised Milk Powders, which are mostly used in Infant formula.
Ireland’s single biggest food export to China is infant formula, and was worth €85m in 2010. Ireland is also the largest exporter of infant formula in the world, producing over 15% of the total global supply annually.
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