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LacPatrick unveil new 30m Dairy Technology Centre at Artigarvan plant

Thursday, 14 September 2017

LACPATRICK Co-op has unveiled a 30,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Dairy Technology Centre which it has described as one of the most innovative and modern facilities of its kind in the European dairy industry.
Costing over 30m, the new facility at its Artigarvan plant, houses a leading edge new evaporation and spray drying technology capable of making advanced dairy ingredients for LacPatrick's rapidly expanding markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Speaking at a press briefing and tour of the new facility on Monday, LacPatrick's chief executive, Gabriel D'Arcy said the new Dairy Technology Centre would double the site's capacity and has the potential to significantly increase the product portfolio and company turnover in the years ahead.
"This is one of the most exciting innovations and investments within the dairy sector and positions LacPatrick as one of the largest producer of dairy ingredients in the UK. Not only does it make us self-sufficient in terms of processing our own milk pool but it means we can now also assist other processors with additional high end milk," he said today.
The new facility took 18 months to build and has created an additional 20 highly-skilled technical posts for the LacPatrick group, most of which will be based at Artigarvan. More than 70 people are now employed at Artigarvan.
"This cutting-edge investment is an important part of LacPatrick's measured growth strategy and we envisage further major announcements during the next five year period as we consolidate our position as a leader within the Northern Ireland dairy industry.
"Given the uncertainty presented by Brexit, having three strategically-located, world-class facilities both North and South of the border positions us in a stronger competitive position to deal with any Brexit consequences.
"This market resilience is particularly important as LacPatrick is a local company with a growing global reach with our products being found on shelves throughout the UK and Ireland and beyond in places such as Africa, Middle East, Far East Australia," Mr D'Arcy added.
The LP Dairy Technology Centre was officially opened yesterday (Tuesday) and the event was attended by LacPatrick board members, employees, customers, suppliers and their families.
LacPatrick is an international dairy co-operative, creating high-quality dairy products from its state of-the-art facilities in Monaghan, Ballyrashane, and Artigarvan.
It has a combined turnover of 300m, employs more than 300 people and buys approx 600m litres of milk annually from around 1,110 Ulster farmers.

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