Ingredients manufacturer Carbery will invest €78 million on a new manufacturing plant in Ireland, in a move to diversify its cheese offering.
Carbery, which makes the Dubliner Cheese brand, said it is responding to increased market growth and consumer demand for mozzarella and other cheese varieties in emerging markets.
Located in Ballineen, County Cork, the plant will allow the firm to harness the “significant increase” in cheese consumption in Asian markets.
The new production facility will also expand milk production capacity at the site, which will have the capacity to process 4 million litres of milk a day.
It is expected construction of the plant will be completed in early 2020.
Speaking of the investment, Carbery CEO Jason Hawkins said: “Product and market diversification has always been a core part of our business and ongoing strategy, with this project in the planning for almost two years. As a global organisation, we are constantly looking to international consumption trends to further grow our offering and our business.
“Cheese such as mozzarella provide us with a more diversified product range and an opportunity to build a stronger foothold in new and emerging cheese markets such as Asia and the Middle East, while also providing us with a new product range and market opportunities in sectors such as foodservice.”
Last November, Carbery released the Bifipro fermented dairy ingredients range, suitable for applications such as powders, ready-to-drink beverages and bars.
At Health Health Ingredients Europe 2018, Carbery marketing manager Sarah O’Neill spoke with FoodBev about the line, which aids digestive health thanks to its prebiotic properties.
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