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Glenilen Farm Ltd.

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2021

Sector:

Dairy

About the company

Glenilen Farm is a dairy business owned by farmers Alan & Valerie Kingston, based in Drimoleague, West Cork. The Kingston’s started selling yoghurts cheesecakes 20 years ago at the Skibbereen farmers market. They made everything in their kitchen and applied handmade labels to the fi nished products. 20 years on, the recipes haven’t changed but a significant business and brand has been established both in the Irish and UK market. Glenilen Farm produces natural farmhouse produce using milk from Kingston’s herd and surrounding farms.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Traceability and Animal Welfare

Glenilen Farm’s primary raw material i.e. milk is sourced from neighbouring farms through Drinagh co-op in West Cork. This allows Glenilen Farm to have total control over its Primary Raw Material, and therefore ensuring that it is produced in the most sustainable manner possible, while adhering to the highest standards in Animal Welfare.


Committed to Reducing their Environmental Impact

Solar roof panels have been installed on the production facility, all rain water is harvested on the dairy roof of the farm, they recycle all waste glass, cardboard and plastic


Focus on Health and Nutrition

Achieved a significant reduction in sugar content in their products (10%) without compromising on the functionality, taste and quality.


Exemplary Performance Target Areas

Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 5

Spotlight Target Area: Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Glenilen Farm became a member of the Origin Green programme in 2013. Over the past 6 years, they have undertaken significant sustainability initiatives to reduce their environmental impact such as: installing solar roof panels on their production facility, harvesting water on the dairy roof of the farm and increasing recycling. They also achieved health and wellness, achieving a significant reduction in sugar content in their products (10%) without compromising on the functionality, taste and quality.

In their current plan, led by their operations manager Keith Hickey, sustainability in the supply chain has been a core focus. The company’s primary raw material i.e. milk is sourced from neighbouring farms through Drinagh co-op in West Cork, and this gives them control over this key raw material. 

However, as a company that is very much involved in sustainability, they also wanted their other suppliers to go that extra step for them and work on becoming sustainability certified. They set a target to increase sustainability certification from their suppliers from a base of 27% (2017) to 60% by 2022. In 2019 they achieved a 39% increase from 2018 in this target area.

Collaboration for Stronger Sustainability

In 2019 they were 3.5% ahead of that target with 37.5% of their suppliers now providing sustainability information.  They achieved this by initially focusing on their top 4 packaging suppliers and collaborating with them to strengthen sustainability in their supply chain. 

Soon after, all suppliers were asked to provide details on their own company’s sustainability plans which highlighted to highlight its importance to their business. They have also made sustainability certification a mandatory requirement for all new suppliers. They hope that over time all suppliers to their business can prove their sustainability credentials down their supply chain. 

We can’t change the world, but we can change our small corner of it.

Alan Kingston, CEO

 

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