USA: Glanbia and US dairy suppliers plan to set up new cheese facility
Glanbia, the performance nutrition and ingredients group, has announced that it is in ‘advanced discussions’ with the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), Dairy Farmers of America(DFA) and Foremost Farms to build a new facility forcheese and whey.
The new plant, which is planned for the state of Michigan and will produce 3.6 million of litres of milk per day, will be owned by Glanbia 50%, with the remaining 50% owned by DFA, MMPA and Foremost Farms, where, as part of the joint venture, the dairy companies will supply the milk and Glanbia will deal with the commercial side of the business.
Brian Phelan, CEO of Glanbia Nutritionals, commented: "Glanbia is delighted to announce this exciting proposed project in the state of Michigan with DFA, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Foremost Farms. Consistent with Glanbia’s growth strategy, this proposed venture will build on our position as the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese and simultaneously expand our global position as a supplier of advanced technology whey protein to the nutritional sector. This proposed joint venture is a strategic move by all the partners to benefit from the growing, large-scale milk pool in the State of Michigan".
The facility is planned to be operating by the second half of 2019.