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Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2021



Key brands

Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Shannongold, Forto and Beo milk powder brands

About the company

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which markets and sells dairy products on behalf of its members; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, the Irish dairy farmer.

Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to c.110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2 billion and has a strong global team of c.2000. It operates from 19 business units worldwide, including 14 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.

Ornua Foods is responsible for the global marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto and BEO milk powders. Markets are served by production facilities and inmarket sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturers and foodservice customers. Ornua Ingredients is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US, and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Responsible Souring:

100% of their member suppliers are certified members the Origin Green programme. At farm level, Ornua have extensively supported and encouraged farmer participation in Bord Bia’s Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme certification. Ornua funds the Origin Green Dairy programme and works collaboratively with Bord Bia to deliver a programme of activity including an international customer and consumer awareness campaign, trade research and a Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme dairy farmer communications campaign.

Ornua recognises and promotes excellence in Irish dairy through the sponsorship of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Since 2009, the TBC (Total Bacteria Count) and SCC (Somatic Cell Count) scores for the finalists have improved by c.50% - a strong signal of Irish dairy farmers commitment to continuously improving farming standards. See www.qualitymilkawrds.ie for more.

Operational Sustainability:

Ornua has committed to operational sustainability targets across its 14 global production facilities in the following areas by 2021:

  • - 15% reduction in carbon emissions per MT
  • - 10% reduction in total waste water
  • - 25% reduction in total food waste
Ornua is an active member of the Champions 12.3 coalition, a group of companies working towards a UN-led food waste reduction target to cut food waste by 50% by 2030.
Strong Commitment to Social Sustainability:

Ornua launched a staff health and wellness programme, ‘Spring’, across the group to great success. The programme saw staff across the Group taking part in many different and fun initiatives.

Ornua donate to food redistribution charities in Ireland through FoodCloud and also to redistribution organisations in the UK and Germany.

Ornua have been working hard to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. This effort is driven by a Diversity Working Group which comprises leaders from across the business to help implement the group’s Diversity Strategy with an initial focus on gender diversity.

The Origin Green Ambassador Programme has been sponsored by Ornua since it began in 2013. The programme places 10 ambassadors with key global customers to promote Origin Green awareness and work on collaborative sustainability projects.

As a co-operative, Ornua is formed on the premise of creating shared value for the dairy industry and we aim to pay strong product price returns to our member suppliers.

Company Sites

Kerrygold Butter Packing Ireland Limited



Head Office

Grattan House / Verschoyle House

Mount Street Lower