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Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland plan to build a new €140 million continental cheese facility in Belview, Ireland, creating 80 jobs

Royal A-ware, a leading global cheese and dairy producer in The Netherlands, and Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, today announce plans to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.

It is proposed that a total of €140 million will be invested in this best-in-class facility. The new facility is scheduled for commissioning in 2022 and will produce continental cheeses in various formats.

Once fully commissioned, the new facility will have a production capacity of 450 million litres of milk per annum. Approximately 80 full time jobs will be created at the facility. It is expected that a further 100 temporary jobs will be created during the construction phase.

Milk used in the production process on site will be sourced from local suppliers and the cheese will be marketed and sold to global customers.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said: “Today’s announcement of international collaboration between Royal A-ware and Glanbia Ireland is welcome news for the south east region. Growing jobs at a regional level is a key focus for government and with the looming challenge of Brexit, supporting economic growth in our regions through such actions as product diversification, thereby helping to create sustainable and quality jobs, is a huge priority for Government. I would like to congratulate Glanbia Ireland for their continued commitment to supporting the growth and development of their suppliers, further leveraging Ireland’s positive international reputation in the dairy sector.”

Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said: “The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry supporting over 174,000 jobs across rural Ireland, from farms to food processing. Investments like this cheese manufacturing facility in Belview are a critical response to the challenges posed by Brexit, in terms of developing new products and new markets.”

Jan Anker, Chief Executive of Royal A-Ware Group, added: “We are proud to announce this partnership with Glanbia Ireland. With this announcement, Royal A-ware is taking another step towards achieving its goals of working with strategic partners to build innovative and sustainable agri-food chains and offering its customers an enhanced product portfolio. It also gives our company access to additional volumes of high-quality cheese through a local supply chain.”

Jim Bergin, Chief Executive of Glanbia Ireland commented: “We are delighted to partner with Royal A-ware, a leading global producer of continental cheeses, to build a world-class cheese plant in the south-east of Ireland. This new partnership will create a new route to market for Glanbia Ireland suppliers’ milk and diversify our portfolio of consumer dairy products and ingredients. Since 2014 we have invested €343m to facilitate a 42% increase in milk production by Glanbia farmers. This proposed new investment is now required to diversify our product mix and to ensure that our suppliers have the opportunity to fulfil their growth ambitions.”

Orla Battersby, Head of Food Division, Enterprise Ireland concluded: “Today’s announcement by Royal A-ware and Glanbia Ireland demonstrates that Ireland remains at the forefront of dairy innovation for the global marketplace and an attractive location for international dairy investments.”

The proposed new facility will be located at a greenfield site near to Glanbia Ireland’s infant nutrition plant at Belview, Co Kilkenny. First opened in 2015, the Glanbia infant nutrition plant at Belview is a flagship manufacturing site for Glanbia Ireland and is currently the subject of a €130 million investment to install a third drier and expand production capacity.

Bus Eireann Leap Card Rose of TraleeWaterford Rose of Tralee and winner of the 2018 International Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher, today launched a €1 Leap Card promotional single fare on Bus Éireann’s Waterford city services and Route 360 (Waterford-Tramore), commencing Sunday, 27 January until Saturday, 2 March 2019.

All cash fares will remain the same. Bus Éireann, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA), recently introduced an enhanced Waterford city network which has, so far, resulted in an increase of customer numbers by over 35%.

Further improvements are also planned in Waterford for the first half of 2019, including:

  • The rollout of bus stop infrastructure (stop specific timetable information at all stops) 
  • Later night services to Tramore - Improved bus stop locations

There are 17 new state-of-the-art city buses on the city network, which are fully accessible and feature Transport for Ireland livery. The single-deck buses operate the five W1-W5 city routes and feature a bright, new interior design. The new buses also have comfortable seating, a dedicated wheelchair space, a separate designated child buggy space, priority seats, USB sockets, complimentary Wi-Fi, CCTV security cameras throughout, as well as journey information screens.

From 27 January, customers can travel on any of the five city routes and the Route 360 between Tramore and Waterford for only €1 on a single fare when using a Leap Card. Customers are guaranteed savings of up to 30% on cash fares by using their Leap Card throughout the year. For timetable information and service improvements see www.buseireann.ie/Waterford.

The 2018 International Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Bus Éireann on the promotion of their extended and enhanced Waterford city services. In my current role I’m on the move a lot and I travel with Bus Éireann a lot. Using public transport saves me time and energy, and it’s also better for the environment! It’s great to see that so many people are availing of the new services and I recommend anyone who hasn’t to check them out!.”

Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer, National Transport Authority (NTA) said: “The dramatic increase in passenger numbers that we have already seen in Waterford is an indication that when customers are presented with a service that is reliable and good value, they will shift to public transport.
“This is good news for the city and county of Waterford and for the environment, particularly at a time when the issue of climate change is in sharp focus.”

Speaking about the improved network and fleet changes, Michael Faherty, Bus Éireann Services Manager in Waterford said: “This major network enhancement in Waterford city has been a great success and we have seen a significant increase in passenger usage. 
The promotional fare of €1 will be of great benefit to the people of Waterford city.”

All service enhancements on Routes W1 to W5 have been approved by the NTA. If you have any feedback in relation to the revised service offering, please forward your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LCE VDU Assessors Training

Want to know the correct way to set up your workstation and improve your posture?

Take the LCE VDU Assessors Training with "All Star Thought Leader in Ergonomics", Ita Leyden on the 7th February!

Most employers are well aware that those who use a computer for more than one hour continuously per day are entitled to have their workstation assessed. Employees must understand how they need to set up their workstation and most importantly why they should – if an employee is comfortable at their workstation they will be more productive!

To comply with these legal requirements, employers either train in house VDU assessors, or engage external third parties to carry out the assessments.

Indeed, LCE are one of those third-party providers of VDU assessments and a provider of training for those who wish to become VDU assessors.

However, LCE are also specialists in the area!

Book today to avoid missing out – contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to avail of the Waterford Chamber 5% discount!

Waterford Music Far Flung TrioStarting 2019 with a bang, Waterford Music will present the Far Flung Trio at the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday, 31st January with an irresistible musical programme that is virtuosic, eccentric and charming in their signature style.

A family concert at 2 pm showcasing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (approx 60 mins) will be followed by an evening concert at 7:30pm featuring the seductive melodies of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s mischievous Barber of Seville overture, jazzy tunes by Gershwin, an original work by Irish jazz giant Ronan Guilfoyle, and lots more, all tailored by the Trio and delivered with panache and delight.

Family Concert: Adult tickets €5 / Under 18s Free of Charge (Must be accompanied by an adult) on the door.

Evening Concert: Tickets €18 (€15 concession / €5 students) on the door. 

Members of Waterford Music have free entry to both concerts!

www.waterford-music.org

This concert is presented by Classicallinks and supported by an Arts Council Touring Grant.

Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra violinist Katherine Hunka and the extraordinary accordion player Dermot Dunne have been playing together since 2007. They have toured Ireland and China playing everything from Baroque to Piazzolla. They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s most sought after and versatile double bassist Malachy Robinson for performances packed with musical gems.

GIY GROW2CEORegistration is now open for GROW2CEO – a uniquecompetition to find Irelands’ next young food entrepreneurs. GROW2CEO is a collaboration between Cully & Sully and GIY.  

The campaign was launched today (Monday, 14th of January) by food entrepreneur Cullen Allen from Cully & Sully and Mick Kelly founder of GIY. 

GROW2CEO will give students and teenagers across Irish Secondary Schools everything they need to startgrowing some food, get a better understanding of what goes into the food they eat, and how they can make healthier choices in their own lives. The campaign involves four exciting challenges, which will take students on a fascinating journey where they will create their own food business and soup recipe while learning all about where food comes from. 

Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the teacherswho register for the 2019 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow spinach including the seeds, pots, soil and plenty of expert growing recipe development tips from GIY and Cully & Sully.

In the final phase, they will be asked come up with a soup recipe and business plan. Three classes will then be selected for the competition finale. These finalists will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on Wednesday the 15th May, where the winning class will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions 2019.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming competition deadline, Michael Kelly of GIY said, "Last year’s competition was a phenomenal success, it is really interesting to see the keen level of interest and the vast knowledge that teenagers have about their food – they are far more interested than their peers of ten or twenty years ago. We hope that the Grow 2 CEO campaign will encourage more students and schools to make growing and food nutrition a bigger part of the curriculum and therefore encourage more students to consider food entrepreneurship as a possible career choice in the future.”

Cullen Allen of Cully & Sully said, We are excited to launch GROW2CEO 2019 with our friends at GIY,  We are especially excited to see what Irish secondary schools come up with this year. The 2018 campaign was hugely inspirational with some amazing presentations and product concepts developed. At Cully & Sully we are passionate about using excellent quality ingredients in the products we produce and we hope that the students will appreciate the importance of using fresh produce and of course find the joy in growing their own ingredients. 

The growing kits will be delivered to all schools that register to take part and the competition and challenge will commence on 4th March. The ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final will take place on the 15th May 2019, where a panel of judges will taste test the student’s products and review the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists. The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, champion hoodies for the winning class and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. 

Participation is free and registration is open until 15th February 2019. School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via www.grow2ceo.ie.

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