GII grain growers awards winners

Glanbia Ireland Grain Growers Awards

Glanbia Ireland recently hosted the annual Grain Growers Awards in Kilkenny. The awards aim to recognise the dedication of our grain growers in producing quality grains, which are used in a variety of end products in the food and beverage sectors.

Offaly grain growers Ross and Alison Hendy of Cloncrane Farm claimed the Glanbia Ireland Grain Supplier of the Year Award for 2019. Glanbia Chairman, Martin Keane, congratulated the suppliers whose excellence and attention to detail were recognised at the ceremony. The Hendy family farm is approximately 450 acres with their crop mix including winter wheat, winter barley, winters oats and grass. They operate a plough-based system on land types which vary from loam to heavy clay.

Aoife Murphy, Commercial Director - Ingredients, Glanbia Ireland, told the growers at the awards ceremony that the company has made significant investments in facilities and the marketing of native Irish grains in recent years.

“We are continuously looking at new opportunities to add value to grain and increase the premiums paid to growers for specific grains. The state-of-the-art food grade facility in Portlaoise has played a key role in producing a high quality and traceable product that offers a strong premium. Looking to the future, our new €15m R&D Innovation Centre at Ballyragget will increase our capabilities, utilise synergies across the business and allow us to bring new products to the marketplace.”