Irish dairy farmers are gearing up for a battle over Kilmeaden, an award-winning and big-selling Irish Cheddar.
Glanbia is planning to close the plant in the Co Waterford village of Kilmeaden and split production between one of its own facilities in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, and a Dairygold Co-op plant in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.
Farmers in Co Waterford have revolted against the idea. A protest meeting of milk suppliers, plant staff and local politicians has been held to plan a resistance campaign.
Said one dairy farmer: “How can we continue to call it Kilmeaden cheese if it’s being made in Kilkenny and Cork?”
Glanbia blames increasing cost pressures on dairy production for the decision.