All LacPatrick’s milk drying is carried out at the Milk Drying Plant in Artigarvan, Co. Tyrone. It is a leading processor of ex-farm milk in Northern Ireland. The majority of our output is sold under the LP (Leckpatrick) brand to more than 30 countries worldwide, including West Africa, where it is the brand leader.
The company is continually developing products with different technical functionalities for industrial customers in the chocolate, bakery, yoghurt and ice cream industries.
In November 2015, plans for a new milk processing plant at Artigarvan were announced to suppliers, employees and the media. Representing an investment of £30m/€40m, the new state-of-the-art dairy processing plant will double the capacity of the current Artigarvan site, when completed in early 2017.
Ballyrashane Creamery boasts a number of “firsts” in technology, including the first dairy in Ireland to collect bulk milk, the first to install a leading edge butter facility, and the first to get all of its electrical energy from a purpose-built anaerobic digester plant on site! Ballyrashane Creamery has a substantial liquid milk business, and a 35,000 sq ft butter production, that is amongst the most advanced in Europe. Recent investment has doubled the previous manufacturing capacity for butter, and has enabled the business to increase sales of its innovative premium butter products, as well as opening up new global opportunities. A key development has been the investment in a new plant and process which makes texturized butter, making this site one of only five in the world with this capability. The site also makes delicious Regato cheese for the export market.
Alongside its substantial milk and butter processing businesses, Monaghan is increasingly focused on creating a centre of excellence in yoghurt innovation and manufacture. A large scale purpose built plant offers lots of flexibility due to eight different lines providing production capabilities across multiple formats and sizes. The plant can support processed and finished yoghurt, dessert and cultured buttermilk production. To support our focus in yoghurt innovation, the company recently invested in a pilot plant, which mimics the production line in smaller runs. A cross-functional NPD team works closely with customers and partners to develop new products. There is a new R&D Laboratory, based in the yoghurt plant, where ongoing research and development is carried out.