Invest NI central to Artigarvan investment

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News

The new Dairy Technology Centre at Artigarvan has completed its first peak season of milk processing.

The €40m (£30m) investment saw a state-of-the-art 7t/hour processing centre built at the existing LacPatrick Dairies site in Co Tyrone. Over the peak months of summer milk production, as much as 1.7m litres of milk was processed in Artigarvan on a daily basis.

High-quality dairy ingredient products are produced at the Artigravan site before being exported across the globe. The LP powder brand, which is a market leading product in west Africa, is produced at Artigarvan. Powders from Artigarvan are shipped to every continent.

LacPatrick Dairies (NI) Limited has received an Invest NI Grant for Research and Development, supporting company innovation in services, products and processes.

The investment was part-financed by the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland 2014-2020 which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

This project ensures that LacPatrick has leading edge systems and production processes for dried milk powder and this project aims to develop a range of low spore milk powders to meet the growing market demand.

As a result of the investment in Artigarvan, the LacPatrick product and customer base has expanded.

LacPatrick was formed in 2015 after a merger between Town of Monaghan Co-Operative and Ballyrashane Co-Operative, and the Artigarvan site has 70 staff, with LacPatrick Dairies employing 300 people across all the sites.