Glanbia to expand New Mexico cheese plant

by Keith Nunes
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CLOVIS, N.M. — Glanbia P.L.C. and its U.S. joint venture partner, the Greater Southwest Agency, announced plans to expand the company’s cheese and whey facility by 33%. The expansion is expected to be complete in 2010.

"From commissioning of the facility in October 2006 to today, this business has grown significantly to where it is now operating at full capacity — processing over 1.3 billion liters of milk annually, producing 136,000 tonnes of cheese and 9,000 tonnes of advanced whey food ingredients," said John Moloney, group managing director for Glanbia. "Southwest Cheese is operationally excellent and has performed strongly — which is a great tribute to our joint venture partner, the people, plant and processes.

"Against this background and bearing in mind that markets for American-style cheddar cheese and high protein whey product are growing, combined with consistently strong milk supply in the region, we felt there was a strong rationale for expansion. Scale production is a key platform in our growth strategy and Glanbia is very pleased with the progress of Southwest Cheese. We are confident that it will continue to grow and build on its successful track record."

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