Ornua delivers report turnover of €3.4 billion as Kerrygold celebrates 60 years of worldwide success


Ornua, Eire’s largest exporter of Irish dairy merchandise, has printed its working and monetary outcomes for the 12 months ending 31 December 2022 with group turnover rising by 36.7% to achieve a report €3.4 billion. Ornua is an Irish dairy co-operative that markets and sells dairy merchandise on behalf of its Members, Eire’s dairy processors and, in flip, Irish dairy farmers. Headquartered in Dublin, Ornua has a powerful world staff of three,000 staff, working from 10 enterprise models worldwide, together with 16 manufacturing amenities. Ornua’s core goal is to construct worthwhile routes to marketplace for Irish dairy merchandise.

Ornua reported group EBITDA and working revenue, pre Ornua Worth Cost, of €157.0 million and €127.2 million respectively for 2022, because the group sought to steadiness excessive product costs, which have been paid to its Member Co-operatives, whereas additionally sustaining and rising market share.

As a co-operative whose goal is to create worth for its Members and the 14,000 Irish farming households they characterize, Ornua prioritised sturdy returns all year long, mirrored in an Ornua Worth Cost of €72.5 million which is made up of month-to-month and year-end money bonuses and the premium paid on purchases from Members. That is along with the sturdy product costs paid over 387,000MT of premium Irish dairy product bought within the yr, valued at €2.3 billion.

John Jordan (pictured above), CEO of Ornua, mentioned: “Ornua continued to construct on its sturdy and constant development trajectory, delivering a sturdy efficiency in what was a uniquely difficult yr with components similar to rising inflation impacting your entire provide chain. Ornua responded to those shifting market dynamics by remaining centered on our technique and dedicated in our efforts to ship for patrons, customers and our Member Co-operatives. That is mirrored within the distinctive gross sales efficiency, underpinned by the laborious work and dedication of our 3,000-strong world staff.”

The group is structured throughout two divisions: Ornua Meals and Ornua Components. Ornua Meals is liable for the advertising and marketing and gross sales of Ornua’s shopper manufacturers together with Eire’s most profitable meals export: Kerrygold, in addition to Dubliner, Pilgrims Selection, Forto and BEO milk powders. Ornua Components is liable for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy merchandise, for the sale of dairy elements to meals manufacturing and foodservice prospects internationally, and for managing volatility by means of de-risking and buying and selling methods.

John Jordan added: “The Kerrygold model reached a big milestone, celebrating six a long time for the reason that model’s launch in 1962, by attaining continued quantity development globally. The model’s success is testomony to the generations of Irish dairy farming households who produce the very best quality milk, our Member Co-operatives, who function well-invested, world-class manufacturing amenities, and the groups, spanning 60 years, who proudly deliver the style of Kerrygold to the world.

“We’re very optimistic for the way forward for our manufacturers and our enterprise, supported by a newly-remodelled five-year technique, centered on addressing rising challenges and alternatives to drive sustainable development in key markets, making certain we proceed to ship worth for our Member Co-operatives and the 14,000 Irish dairy farming households we characterize.”

Enterprise Efficiency

The Kerrygold model maintained quantity gross sales development globally, with over 11 million packets of butter and cheese bought globally every week. The model’s affect was strengthened by the launch of 16 new Kerrygold merchandise and product extensions in key markets similar to Germany, the US, and the Center East.

Kerrygold continues to be Germany’s hottest dairy model with nearly two-thirds of German households buying Kerrygold merchandise within the yr; whereas within the US, Kerrygold butter skilled continued quantity gross sales development. Key to the model’s future is the enlargement of the worldwide house of Kerrygold – Kerrygold Park – which shall be accomplished later this yr and see the Mitchelstown facility double its manufacturing capability to match rising world demand.

The Ornua Components world enterprise continued its sturdy development within the yr. The profitable integration of Whitehall Specialties Inc inside the Ornua Components North America enterprise, following the late 2021 acquisition, has been additional supported by means of funding within the amenities, considerably growing the enterprise’s cheese manufacturing capabilities, providing prospects elevated service all through the six-site community.

Dairy Markets

The yr proved to be a rare one for Irish dairy farmers, with the annualised milk value rising 40% year-on-year. Nonetheless, enter prices additionally rose quickly, together with gasoline, feed, and fertiliser, impacting at farm stage. International milk provide fell by -0.4% in 2022. Whereas remaining resilient, world demand fell by about -1.0% in comparison with a powerful 2021.

Wanting on the yr forward, it’s anticipated that Irish dairy provide shall be modestly forward of 2022. Milk provides are at present forward of demand, however markets are prone to stabilise within the coming months. Volatility seems to be set to proceed within the areas of vitality and enter costs nonetheless, and an unsure world financial forecast, and its potential affect on shopper spending, may also current challenges.


The basics of duty, sustainability, and equality outline Ornua’s co-operative construction and id, and have guided the enterprise on its sustainability journey. Whereas ongoing, this journey has been additional progressed.

In 2021, the Group set a goal of attaining a 25% discount in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2025. Final yr, consistent with this goal, Ornua achieved a 4% discount in Scope 1 and a couple of emissions, with an additional 6% discount anticipated this yr, following the implementation of renewable vitality at websites throughout the Group community. In step with a brand new five-year strategic development plan, Ornua has dedicated to the adoption of science-based targets by means of the SBTi (Science Primarily based Targets initiative), an vital step in making certain the enterprise’s sustainability targets and local weather actions are usually not solely aligned to regulatory necessities however are reflective of the best business requirements.

Ornua has additionally continued to put money into key initiatives that; keep its excessive accountable sourcing requirements; defend Eire’s grass-based farming system and the welfare of animals; and promote sustainable practices at producer stage.

Wanting Forward

Persistent challenges round rising enter prices, inflationary pressures, and provide chain points, in addition to macroeconomic components similar to geopolitical uncertainty and local weather change proceed to trigger market disruption. By leveraging the expertise, agility, and resilience exhibited in response to the challenges of latest years, Ornua is well-positioned to proceed to fulfill the wants of its prospects, colleagues, and communities worldwide. In late 2022, the Ornua Board of Administrators permitted a brand new five-year strategic plan for the enterprise, Path to Prosper, which can now information Ornua to 2027. It goals to stimulate continued sustainable development for Ornua, constructing on the constant progress and success achieved by the enterprise within the final variety of years, whereas responding to new and rising alternatives and challenges.




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