Aurivo, the Ireland-based dairy and sports nutrition company, has invested EUR6m (US$6.6m) in its milk-processing facility in Killygordon, County Donegal.

The Co. Sligo-based cooperative – behind brands such as Connacht Gold, Organic for Us and Donegal Creameries – said the investment, part of the EUR48m programme announced last year, will double the processing capacity of the plant.

It said the investment will also allow the Killygordon facility to significantly reduce on-site fossil fuel consumption by some 80%.

In addition to the installation of a larger pasteuriser, separator and homogeniser, and milk standardising equipment that increases hourly capacity by 80%, plans for the Killygordon plant also include the installation of an advanced packaging device capable of packing 1.5 litre, 1.75 litre and 2 litre bio-pack cartons, which use 75% less plastic. 

Aaron Forde, CEO of Aurivo, said: “As the second-largest liquid milk processor in the country, this investment enhances and solidifies our market position. The increased capacity, aligned with cost efficiencies and positive environmental impacts, readies our Killygordon plant for long-term sustainable growth and contributes significantly to Aurivo and its consumer foods business. 

“This investment, along with others as part of our five-year growth strategy, works to ensure that all our efforts are directed to doing the best job possible to maximise the return to our member owners while maintaining a strong sustainable business.”

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