The IFA has described Glenisk’s factory fire as a “huge blow” for the organic dairy sector.
The fire began in its yoghurt production facility at approximately 11 am yesterday (Monday, September 27th, 2021) and spread “quickly”.
50 staff were immediately evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Managing director, Vincent Cleary, told RTÉ Morning Ireland that “basically everything” was lost after the fire broke out on the premises.
Cleary revealed that the factory was “pretty much a burnt-out shell”. However, he added “we need to get back on shelves as quickly as we possibly can”.
On social media, Glanbia asked the public to “keep some space for us in your hearts (and fridges)”.
“Meantime, consider supporting another local producer. We will be back very soon.”
Glenisk’s factory fire
Glenisk sources milk from approximately 50 organic dairy farmers across Ireland, and it is the destination for 90% of organic milk.
IFA organic project team chairman, Nigel Renaghan, said the fire is devastating for the Cleary family and the Glenisk brand.
Up to now, the company had bolstered its sale of organic yoghurts, following growth since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The number of staff employed by the firm had grown to 85. It held the number one position in Ireland’s yoghurt market, with a 19% share.
“Glenisk suppliers must be safeguarded at this time, and alternative arrangements put in place for milk processing,” he added.
For three decades, the Cleary family has been involved in yoghurt production in Killeigh, beside the farm where founder Jack, and his wife, Mary, raised fourteen children.
Several of the children are at the heart of the business today. This company states that regardless of how much it grows, this ensures it “remains faithful and true to Jack’s vision of producing delicious, nutritious and ethical products in Ireland”.