Glanbia breaks ground on whey processing facility

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Whey protein, Glanbia

Irish dairy group Glanbia has begun construction of a new cheese
and whey manufacturing facility expected to generate sales of
around $350 million per annum when completed next year.

The plant at Clovis, New Mexico, will be one of the largest in the world, designed to process over 2.4 billion pounds of milk annually. It will produce 16.5 million pounds of high value-added whey proteins and more than 250 million pounds of cheese.

Glanbia, with sales of $2.3 billion in 2002, is currently investing in research on whey-based products for its Nutritionals unit. The division announced in October that it had finished the first phase of a $4 million whey processing expansion, leading to development of new high-quality whey hydrolysates.

Among the new solutions are products for the bar and beverage weight loss markets, such as BarFlex, a partially hydrolyzed whey protein isolate that extends the shelf life of nutritional bars, thanks to new, patent-pending technology. The ingredient allows for high whey protein content in low-carb bars, according to the firm.

The new whey manufacturing facility, to cost $190 million, is 50 per cent owned by Glanbia, with Dairy Farmers of America, Select Milk Producers and the other dairy cooperative members of the Greater Southwest Agency taking the rest.

Commissioning of the new facility is expected in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Glanbia Foods, headquartered in Twin Falls, Idaho, will provide operational management for the facility in addition to handling all cheese sales, while Glanbia Nutritionals U.S.A. will market the nutritional ingredients derived from the whey stream.

Milk for the facility will be supplied by the dairy cooperative members of the Greater Southwest Agency (DFA, Select, Lone Star and Zia).

Related news

Related products

show more

Subtleties in sugar reduction

Subtleties in sugar reduction

Cargill | 25-Oct-2022 | Technical / White Paper

While indulgence became common practice during the stress of a global pandemic, consumer habits are returning to normalcy… spurred on by new research on...

Power up the next energy drink solution.

Power up the next energy drink solution.

ADM | 18-Oct-2022 | Infographic

Energy drink consumers are always on the lookout for better ways to power their day. Whether that’s innovative formulations suited for active situations,...

Functional Forecasting

Functional Forecasting

Kerry | 18-Oct-2022 | Insight Guide

In a market worth $240 billion globally, it’s crucial to develop functional beverages and supplements that will meet your customers’ needs for everyday...

Accelerate alcoholic beverage innovation.

Accelerate alcoholic beverage innovation.

ADM | 06-Oct-2022 | Insight Guide

Products that contain real and authentic ingredients that support the perceived pureness found in nature are top of mind for modern consumers when choosing...

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars