Dairygold welcomes planned Tine investment
Dairygold welcomes the decision by TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, to commence planning for the construction of a new Jarlsberg® cheese production factory in Ireland. The Tine investment will see the company extend their partnership with Dairygold for the development of a new Jarlsberg® Cheese production factory alongside Dairygold’s existing Speciality Cheese factory in Mogeely, Co Cork.
Having undertaken a strategic review of the future export of Jarlsberg® from Norway, TINE has decided to invest in Ireland in partnership with Dairygold in Mogeely, Co. Cork, and to further strengthen the sales and marketing of Jarlsberg in international markets. Details of the scale of the TINE investment or the job numbers involved have not yet been published.
“Dairygold is very pleased that TINE has chosen to invest in a new Jarlsberg® production factory in Mogeely in partnership with Dairygold. Dairygold currently produces Jarlsberg® cheese for TINE in Mogeely, under a successful relationship that goes back over ten years. The proposed new substantial investment will enable TINE and Dairygold to further develop what is already a very strong relationship between the two like-minded farmer-owned businesses,” says Dairygold Chief Executive, Jim Woulfe.
Dairygold Chairman James Lynch commented, “Dairygold looks forward to working with TINE to support their planned Jarlsberg® investment in Mogeely over the coming years, with production of cheese planned to commence in 2019. TINE’s decision to invest alongside Dairygold on the Mogeely site reflects a strong vote of confidence in the commitment of our farmers and staff to quality dairy production at all levels.”
Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said; “Speciality Jarlsberg® cheese will give Irish milk yet another welcome route to an internationally established cheese market. Adding value to top quality Irish milk is a key part of Ireland’s strategy for the development of the agri-food sector. This strategic partnership between one of Ireland’s premium farmer owned processors and a proven international cheese manufacturer is a perfect example of the contribution that sector is making to employment creation in the rural economy, and to the brand image of Ireland on international markets.”
Jarlsberg® is a mild, semi-soft cow’s milk cheese of Norwegian origin which resembles Swiss Emmental cheese with distinctive, open and irregular ‘eyes’. Jarlsberg® is often marketed as a Swiss cheese because of its characteristics, though it tends to be sweeter and stronger than Emmental. Beneath the yellow-wax rind of Jarlsberg® is a semi-firm yellow interior that is buttery, rich in texture with a mild, nutty flavour.