Glenisk revenues up

CELEBRATING 25 years in business this year, revenues at Killeigh based yogurt maker, Glenisk increased by 27 per cent last year to €14 million.

CELEBRATING 25 years in business this year, revenues at Killeigh based yogurt maker, Glenisk increased by 27 per cent last year to €14 million.

Profits at the company remained modest, however, as a result of its investment in plant, equipment, research and development, marketing and brands in recent years.

Established in 1987, Glenisk employs 50 staff, and sources milk from 40 organic dairy farms and 10 organic goat farms across the country.

It produces 40 million servings of yogurt a year, or 110,000 servings every day. Fifteen per cent of its product is exported to markets in the UK, Spain and Portugal.

Run by five members of the Cleary family in Killeigh, Glenisk is now the biggest organic yogurt maker in Ireland, and is believed to have 11 per cent of the yogurt market, representing a doubling of the company’s market share since 2008.

The company switched to organic in 1995, and has won a number of awards, including a Sustainability Award in last year’s Bord Bia Awards. Its plant is powered in part by an onsite wind turbine. Glenisk processes eight million litres annually, and uses 90 per cent of the organic milk produced in Ireland.

In 2006, French good giant Danone acquired a 37 per cent stake in the business.