Dairy giant Glanbia has been granted permission for a new processing plant at Belview Port in South Kilkenny.
Kilkenny County Council gave the green light to plans this morning, although the decision remains subject to certain conditions. The new facility is in anticipation of increased demand ahead of the abolition of milk quotas in 2015.
The greenfield site at the port is prized due to its proximity to the estuary, which will handle water discharges. The new development is to be two thirds the size of Glanbia Ballyragget – the largest integrated dairy processing facility in Europe.
“The strategy of the proposed new joint venture will be to facilitate the continued development of the existing global dairy ingredients business, including the flexibility to expand milk processing capacity post the abolition of EU milk quotas in 2015,” said a Glanbia spokesperson.