Our co-operative history begins from the late ninetieth and early twentieth century when local co-operatives began churning butter in an effort to improve the viability of local farming communities, create employment and develop economic activity in areas of high unemployment and emigration. The setting up of local co-operatives was established with the encouragement of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society (IAOS, now ICOS).
Our co-operative recorded a turnover of €447m in 2014, with the delivery of a stellar financial and operational performance across our business units and the 50 markets the Co-operative exports to globally.
Our dairy ingredients business has in excess of 900 milk suppliers supplying 270M litres of milk, located throughout the West, North West and Midlands. The business produces 30,000 tonnes of fat filled milk powders (FFP) and 10,000 tonnes of butter (Lactic and Salted Sweet Cream) annually.
Aurivo Consumer Foods is the second largest milk processor in Ireland, processing 80M litres of milk annually from 140 milk suppliers. The business also packs 4,000 tonnes of butter, savoury butter and mixed fat spreads. The hero brand in consumer foods is Connacht Gold with Donegal as a local brand. Our organic milk business is marketing under the Organic for Us brand.
Aurivo Agribusiness consists of both the Homeland Retail Stores and Animal Feeds businesses.
Trading under Homeland, our 33 stores stock a wide range of products including farm supplies, veterinary, DIY, hardware, paint and accessories, fuel, clothing and footwear, pet and gardening products. Our stores are keenly focused on providing quality, unrivalled customer service with a comprehensive knowledge of our product categories.
Our animal feeds mill is located at Ballaghadrereen, Co. Roscommon and mills in excess of 130,000 tonnes of ruminant feeds annually. A strong focus in our business is on delivering best possible animal performance through the nutritional enrichment of our feed solutions. Our new brand for our animal feeds business is Nutrias: The Science of Animal Nutrition and will be launched from September 1st 2013.
Aurivo Livestock Marts are leaders in livestock trading in both the West of Ireland and Nationally. Our marts are located in Balla, Ballinrobe, Ballymote and Mohill. The marts trade in livestock and sheep with annual sales of 100,000 and 35,000 animals annually.