Glanbia Ireland changes its name to Tirlán
Food and nutrition business Glanbia Ireland has revealed it will in future be known as Tirlán, a new identity crafted to reflect the unique characteristics that define the organisation, it says.
Tirlán was unveiled on 31 August, simultaneously to employees and farmer shareholders during an event hosted in the Co-op’s new collaboration centre at Abbey Quarter in Kilkenny, Ireland.
A further launch event took place in Tokyo, Japan, supported by Bord Bia and the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue.
Combining the Irish words ‘Tír’ for land and ‘Lán’ for full, Tirlán stands for ‘Land of Abundance’ and represents the deep connection and relationship between the Co-op, its people and the land they nurture together to farm and sustain.
From its base in the south-east of Ireland, Tirlán sources its high-quality dairy and grains from a network of over 6,000 farm families who are at the heart of the business. Tirlán has a diverse portfolio of high quality dairy and plant-based ingredients, along with leading consumer and agribusiness brands.
Tirlán is one of the top dairy processors in Europe processing 3 billion litres of milk annually into a wide range of high quality ingredients and solutions for export globally. As the largest buyer and user of Irish grains, Tirlán handles over 270,000 tonnes, including a portfolio of premium grains.
As a co-operative, Tirlán is 100% farmer-owned, with 11 high-tech processing facilities, 52 agri branches and over 2,100 employees. Sales revenue this year is forecast to exceed €3 billion. Tirlán has a strong global footprint with a market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China. The Group currently exports to over 80 countries. It recently commenced construction on a €200m state-of-the-art continental cheese facility at Belview, Co Kilkenny, as part of a joint venture with international dairy producer Royal A-ware.
With over a third of Ireland’s milk pool, Tirlán will continue to be a key player at the heart of the Irish and global food and beverage sector, an area of enormous significance both to the national economy and our overall export success.
Sustainability is of tremendous importance to Tirlán. As part of its comprehensive sustainability strategy ‘Living Proof’, the organisation has signed up to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). It has set out a roadmap with ambitions, backed by a robust implementation programme, to be Net Zero for carbon emissions by 2050, with 30% absolute reductions by 2030, and similar reductions in carbon intensity from milk production. This ambitious plan demonstrates Tirlán’s bold commitment to farmers and society at large as well as the wider food and nutrition sector, and outlines how they intend to work towards a fully sustainable future.
Tirlán will start to become visible over the coming months, with a phased transition to the new identity on packaging, facilities, website and communications.