Glanbia’s €15 million research investment important for tillage
Glanbia Ireland’s director of ingredients, Aoife Murphy, told attendees at the Glanbia Ireland Grain Quality Awards – which were held today, February 20 – about some exciting news coming down the tracks.
€15 million will be invested in a research and development facility at Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny.
Murphy outlined the importance of being able to work with customers in a research environment to develop new products.
Striving to develop new products with premium value grains
Glanbia Ireland is striving to develop new and premium products. At present, 40% of the 205,000t of grain taken in by Glanbia are premium grains such as gluten-free oats, food-grade oats and malting barley.
Gluten-free oats are in demand and are playing an important role in the company’s product development and Glanbia is actively seeking more growers for the crop.
Glanbia’s ‘Good to go’ porridge was launched at the end of October 2019 and is currently being sold to 2,000 customers each week in Dunnes Stores, Spar and Applegreen, according to Murphy.
The product combines both milk and oats from Glanbia’s closed-loop system and will be rolled out further in 2020.
Murphy outlined that consumers are increasingly looking for products that are ‘free-from’; food with a purpose that complements people’s lifestyle and provides health benefits; products with a strong heritage; and products that are sustainable.
The new research and development facility will play a key role in developing these new products and providing a market for crops that pay farmers a premium over feed grains – something that is vital for the future of the tillage sector in this country.