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Glanbia Ireland

Membership Status:

Membership Pending



Key brands

Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Wexford, Premier Dairies, Snowcream, Gain, Solmiko, MyMilkMan.ie, Millac, Truly Grass Fed

About the company

Glanbia Ireland is an ambitious, integrated agri-food and nutrition business, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. Glanbia Ireland’s network of grassbased family farms that stretch across almost the entire island of Ireland produce three billion litres of milk a year. As the largest buyer and user of Irish grains, Glanbia Ireland has established an innovative premium-grains portfolio. With a long heritage in family farming that stretches back over a century, Glanbia Ireland prides itself in ensuring high quality produce is at the heart of everything they do. They are deeply invested in both their communities and people, as the business has at its core a farmer owned co-operative structure. With a long heritage in family farming that stretches back over a century, Glanbia Ireland prides itself in ensuring high quality produce is at the heart of everything they do. Glanbia Ireland is 60% owned by Glanbia Co-operative society and 40% owned by Glanbia PLC. Glanbia Ireland is a strong driver of the rural economy and supporter of communities, with €1.03bn paid to farmers for milk in 2019. With annual revenue of €1.9 billion, Glanbia Ireland has 11 high-spec processing plants, 52 agri branches and over 2,050 employees.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Responsible Sourcing

Glanbia Ireland (GI) has a very special relationship with our co-op members who are our grain and milk suppliers. GI currently has a 100% participation rate among our 4,800 farmer base in the RoI in our Open Source™ sustainability and quality assurance programme and Bord Bia's Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme with 98% certified. Environmental Stewardship, Biodiversity, Animal Care as well as the health and welfare of our farmers is very important to Glanbia Ireland and this is reflected in the multiple initiatives that we actively lead.

Focused on Reducing their Environmental Impact

Over the past ten years improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions has been improved throughout our processing facilities by almost 50%. GI’s objective in the 2015 – 2020 time-frame is to reduce energy, carbon emissions and water abstraction by a further 10%.

Focus on Waste

GI have a zero waste to landfill target across all 11 sites by 2020. With an increasing emphasis on the circular economy GI is now also looking at waste as a potential resource and is looking to convert all waste into a useful by-product through an innovative bio-science programme.

Focus on Health and Nutrition

GI has a wide range of products to promote health and nutrition in both or domestic and international markets with on-going new product development and innovation.

GI has developed and launched a broad portfolio of value added milks including fat free fortified milk, milk high in Vitamin D and folic acid, high protein sports nutrion milk, and Milk with stenols to reduce cholesterol levels, through Avonmore, Irelands favourite milk brand.

Glanbia supports this range of Avonmore Milk with significant investment in advertising, across TV, Radio, Press as well as social and digital.

Exemplary Performance Target Areas

Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 8 

Spotlight Target Area: Biodiversity

Glanbia is a founding member and strong supporter of the Origin Green programme since 2012. Glanbia Ireland have woven sustainable co-operation and collaboration into their corporate values. 

Glanbia Ireland has received exemplary performance for their biodiversity sustainability target. Two initiatives were developed in 2019 to generate awareness for bees and Irish wildlife;

  1. Operation PolliNation
  2. Operation WildNation 

In Spring 2019, Operation PolliNation was launched in conjunction with all of the local tidy towns associated with our 14 CountryLife stores who donated 1,000’s of free flowering perennials to assist them on their own local planting initiatives.

As part of the campaign, free wildflower seeds were given to customers at Glanbia Ireland’s network of CountryLife garden centres, along with a strong in store and online campaign of hands-on tips and expertise from their horticulturists.

Engaging the Community 

Following on from the Operation PolliNation initiative, Operation WildNation was developed in Autumn 2019 to continue to educate and drive awareness for wild bird conservation. As part of the initiative, Glanbia Ireland partnered with renowned environmentalist and author Éanna NÍ Lamhna to engage primary school students across Ireland on the importance of looking after nature’s wildlife. 

This community engagement biodiversity campaign focused on a schools competition “Colour Me Wild!” with the winning school receiving an interactive wild bird talk with Éanna and one of CountryLife’s horticulturists. 

The campaign generated huge interest and was featured on RTÉ’s News2day. Various videos featuring Éanna and our horticulturists were developed to support the campaign online. You can view Operation PolliNation & Operation WildNation video content here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CountryLifeGardening 

Future biodiversity plans include a an Irish tree planting initiative and expanding Operation WildNation to focus and educate on a wider range of wildlife including squirrels and hedgehogs. 

As a business rooted in the Co-operative ethos, and a founding member of Origin Green, we are truly delighted for our farmers, our employees and our customers to have achieved Gold Member status. It is strong recognition of the high standards that we set ourselves across our entire business. 

Jim Bergin, CEO


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