Resting on the banks of the Ilen River in Drimoleague, County Cork, Glenilen Farm is as picturesque a setting as you could find. As a dairy farm, it has been in Alan Kingston’s family for generations, but a new and unexpected chapter in its history opened when his wife, Valerie, began making yoghurt for a local farmers’ market.
Fast forward some 15 years, and what began as a sideline is now a business with an annual turnover of €4 million. Still owned and run by Alan and Valerie, the company now employs 33 people. Glenilen has its own production facility creating a range of yoghurts, butter, cream and desserts.
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 rainwater 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.
The Little Milk Company
The Little Milk Company was established in March 2008 and comprises of ten family-run organic dairy farms from Munster and Leinster. The company produce a range of award-winning organic cheddars, brie, and cream cheeses.
Located in Tinahely, County Wicklow, brothers Joe and Michael Hayden run a family owned dairy farm. Being part of the Origin Green programme, the farm has been audited to meet the highest standards under the Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme.