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Record revenue of 2.1bn
in 2017 at Ornua
Ornua, Ireland's largest exporter of Irish dairy
products, announced record revenues of 2.1bn in 2017
as it published its operating and fi nancial results for
the year.
It was a record year for Kerrygold in Germany and the
US, with double-digit volume growth recorded. Ornua
Deutschland expanded its production facilities, with an
investment of 60m. In the US, a 2m shred and dice
line was commissioned and an innovation centre in
CoreFX, a US ingredients business, was opened.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Ornua completed a strategic
acquisition and integration of UK cheese ingredients
business FJ Need (Foods) Ltd.
A total of 34 new product innovations were launched,
including a Kerrygold shredded cheese range in
Germany and innovative white cheese ingredients
products expanded to UAE, Kuwait and Oman
markets. Kevin Lane, CEO of Ornua, said 2017 was a
year of signifi cant growth for Ornua with an excellent
fi nancial performance: "We successfully delivered
year one of our new fi ve-year growth plan. Product
innovation continued at pace and allowed us to unlock
new routes to market to ultimately drive value for our
members, Ireland's dairy processors and Irish farmers.
A major emphasis on building scale and capability
within our core business last year, coupled with the
integration of recent acquisitions, leaves us well placed
to drive further growth across our group. Despite
volatile market conditions and Brexit uncertainties,
we remain on track to deliver our 2021 vision of a 3bn
revenue business."
Kevin Lane, Ornua.
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As Origin Green and the Sustainable Dairy Scheme place ever greater
focus on improving the environmental performance of Irish farms,
farmers are proactively seeking out opportunities to increase the
efficiency and economy of their systems while future-proofing their
processes for continual improvement.
Irish energy supplier Calor has a long relationship with rural businesses
and the Irish agriculture community as a sustainable and intuitive
source of energy. With many dairy farms expanding or making
improvements, Calor is reminding customers of the range of innovative
energy solutions available to them, helping to drive down costs and
increase environmental sustainability.
As one of the most important considerations for the dairy regime is
hygiene, the availability of instant hot water on demand is a critical
resource on most dairy farms. As Irish farmers are only too aware, this is
an essential component in managing hygiene and controlling the Total
Bacteria Count (TBC) of milk and other contamination risks such as
Thermoduric Bacteria.
Instant Hot Water at 85 C
For many years, Calor energy advisors have worked directly with dairy
farmers to design water heating systems that reduce costs and work for
their farm enterprise. The Calor water heating system is unique as it
supplies hot water at up to a temperature of 85C instantaneously and
therefore has the capability to effectively deliver the large quantities
of hot water which are required each day to wash milk lines and bulk
milk storage tanks. The achievable temperatures of the system also
minimises the need for chemical detergent to be used on dairy farms.
Calor's Agriculture Energy Specialist Damien Shirkie explains why
farmers are recognizing the importance of a good energy partner to
power and compliment their dairy farms:
"People switching to Calor
Gas water heating for many reasons but two of the main ones are
efficiency and the delivery of instant hot water on demand at 85 degrees.
We have also seen a recent increase in number of VMS farmers who are
now switching to Calor water heating and are all extremely happy with
the results".
The Calor Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) solution also delivers in
terms of environmental sustainability. As water is heated only when
required, hot water storage costs are eliminated. The `Rinnai' water
heaters which are integral to the solution are unique in that the
equipment is `A rated' for efficiency and offers therefore a system which
is future-proofed to meet the demands of new legislation in terms of
equipment specification.
Also, as farmers aim to reduce the environmental impact and carbon
footprint on their farms, an added benefit is that LPG is one of the
cleanest conventional fuels available, producing far lower carbon
emissions than oil, coal, peat and even electricity. This year also sees
the introduction of
BioLPG a new 100%
renewable form of
LPG which will enable
rural enterprises to
meet their energy
needs from a
completely renewable
source and make a
simple transition to
a sustainable energy
solution. BioLPG
is identical in use and performance to conventional LPG and is
delivered, stored and used in exactly the same way so there is limited
requirements for any infrastructure investment in order to use it.
A common feature of the Calor energy solution on many dairy farms
is the availability of an intuitive telemetry system which ensures that
the farm will never run short of gas, as a gauge continuously monitors
gas levels. When a top-up is required, a transmitter sends a signal to
the local depot and a fuel delivery is scheduled. More information is
available at www.calorgas.ie
including independent stories from some
of Ireland's dairy farmers who have experienced the system.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
FOR IRISH DAIRY FARMERS
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Controllable hot water
up to 85C, at the touch
of a button.
Steaming hot water
is in constant supply.
We know how important it is to you to be able to deliver the
highest quality milk, and we're happy to be able to muck in.
Switch to Calor and our team of energy advisors will work with
you, to make sure you always have steaming hot water on tap, for
wash down and sterilisation.
Call now for a consultation
028 9045 5588
or visit calorgas.ie