Avonmore fresh milk being producted in the factory


Ireland’s rich soil and temperate climate give it luscious, green pasturelands where farming has found a bountiful home for thousands of years.

  • 1900
    Back and white photograph of milk barrles pulled by horse and cart

    Where It All Started

    Today’s world-class, ambitious food and nutrition business is the fruits of over 100 years of hard work, courage and foresight shown by our farmers who provided the foundation stones in their network of creamerie.

  • 1966
    the Avonmore Creameries Federation


    In Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny in 1966 the Avonmore Creameries Federation was founded when 36 smaller co-ops joined forces to form what we now know as Avonmore. The aim was to deliver the finest quality, freshest products without compromise.

  • 1981
    Avonmore Freshmilk carton on ice

    Avonmore Fresh Milk

    They established their own brand new milk processing facility in Ballyragget, close to the Avon River from which Avonmore took its name. Their vision for the future shone brightly and the first Irish milk brand, Avonmore Fresh Milk, was launched on 1 June, 1981.

  • 2012
    Ballyragget factory


    An opportunity was grasped when the possibility of the lifting of EU milk quotas was first on the horizon in 2008. The team saw an opportunity for the expansion of the Irish dairy industry. In 2012, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland was born from Glanbia’s Irish ingredients division with a clear view to maximising the future opportunities for dairy in Ireland.

  • 2014
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    Avonmore launches internationally

    Glanbia launches Avonmore UHT milk brand internationally from its new state of the art UHT plant in Monaghan, capable of producing long life liquid milk products for export markets. This UHT long life version of Ireland’s top selling milk brand becomes available in China, France, the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

  • 2017
    Glanbia Ireland Flag

    Glanbia Ireland

    Established in July 2017, Glanbia Ireland is a world-class integrated agri-food and nutrition business. Farmers maintain the majority ownership at 60% through Glanbia Co-op, with 40% owned by Glanbia plc. The company nurtures a talented team of over 2,000 people to manage its network of 11 production facilities and 52 agri retail branches serving its communities. Glanbia Ireland has evolved to bring the passion of its farmers and their high-quality ingredients to the international marketplace.

  • 2019
    avonmore pro logo

    Dedicated food service brand launches internationally

    Building on the success of UHT milk Glanbia launches a new dedicated food service brand created for international markets - Avonmore Professional. This brand created by chefs for chefs offers a range of dairy products from Ireland with naturally pure perfection at its core. The brand has been built on a grass fed story and is based around taste superiority and natural credentials.

  • 2022
    Tirlan - Man on top of a hill looking at a sun rise

    A landmark Year

    To this day, we remain true to our roots. Our farmer and community ethos goes to the heart of our organisation. 2022 marks a historic milestone in the evolution of our Co-op. In April 2022, Glanbia Co-op became the full owners of the Glanbia Ireland business and its network of world-class processing facilities. This means the farmers whose hard work and effort are the true owners of the business. We also took on a new name and identity: Tirlán. This name, comprising the Irish for ‘land’ and ‘full’, represents the deep connection between our co-op, our people and the land we work to sustain together.