• Aaron Forde, the chief executive of Aurivo, has decided to step down and will leave the business after almost 16 years in his position.

    Aurivo is one of the country's biggest co-operatives, with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds, and livestock trading.  

    It has a workforce of about 650 people and exports to almost 50 countries in markets as diverse as Afghanistan, Africa, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Iraq and the UK.  

    In just over a decade, the business has evolved from a largely domestic co-operative to a globally focused business with a milk supply approaching 0.5 billion litres. 

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will visit Ballaghadereen today, for the official launch of a major investment at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in the town.

    Aurivo has invested €26 million in installing a new spray dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, to boost capacity at the facility by 50%.

    It's part of a wider €48 million five-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable new product development and meet global demand.

    The Agriculture Minister is due in Ballaghadereen at about lunchtime to launch the new developments.

    Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement is holding a peaceful protest in Ballaghadereen this morning.

    They say that, two weeks after a list of demands was handed into the Department of Agriculture following a major rally in Dublin, there's been no correspondence from the Minister or his Department.




  • The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has announced he will not be proceeding with the appointment of Aaron Forde as chair of the Shannon Group.

    Yesterday, Minister Ryan had announced the appointment of the former Aurivo CEO as the new chairperson of the Shannon Group, but confirmed later last night that he won't be proceeding with the appointment.

    In a statement, Minister Ryan said that in a phone conversation, he indicated that Mr Forde's use of social media was below the standard expected of a chairperson of a State board.

    The statement continues that "this is an important time for Shannon Group which has to chart a way through the crisis caused by the pandemic and plan for recovery. The Department of Transport will work to appoint a chair as quickly as possible.”

    In a letter of resignation to Minister Ryan yesterday evening, Mr Forde apologised  unreservedly for remarks he made on Twitter which have become the subject of focus.

    He said the language used in a particular tweet was wrong, insensitive and needless, for which he's sorry. He added that he wished to apologise in particular to people from the Traveller community.

    The Co Cavan native was Chief Executive of Aurivo for 16 years until he left the company at the end of 2019.

    Aaron Forde has previous board experience with Ornua, the Sligo Economic Forum, IBEC and Midwest Radio, and is also a non-executive director with a number of private companies.

  • Aurivo is at present accepting applications for the Aurivo Gaffney & Mulleady Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Scholarship programme.

    The scholarship programme is open to all students in Aurivo’s catchment area who are considering a level 7 or level 8 third level degree course in agriculture, food or nutrition this September.

    Both scholarships on offer are awarded to individuals who achieve academic excellence in their Leaving Certificate, in an effort to support them in developing careers in agri-related professions.

    The scholarship programme in existence for three years now, was founded in memory of two customers who died tragically in the company’s store in Longford in 2013.

    Friday, June 28th is the closing date for 2019 applications. 

  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.


  • For the second year, Aurivo Consumer Foods business has won the prestigious award for Best Dairy Supplier at the annual checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ Awards.

    The awards recognise Ireland’s leading fresh suppliers in six categories as voted for by the industry.

    When entering the competition, retailers were called upon to nominate a leading supplier in each category as part of their entry.

    Aurivo Consumer Foods saw off tough competition in the Best Dairy Supplier category to scoop the top prize.

  • Aurivo Marts have agreed a protocol with the Department of Agriculture under the recently announced Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for livestock marts.

     The agreement of this protocol comes under the provision of limited essential services at marts. The protocol is underway today (Monday 6th April) and will involve the matching of sellers and buyers of all livestock. The process will offer a guaranteed payment, accurate weights and the precise movement of livestock within the AIM system.

    Aurivo asks for the continued support of its customers as it endeavours to provide service under these difficult circumstances. Customers are advised to contact Aurivo Marts by phone or email for further information.

    Ballymote Tel: 071-9183364  

    Balla Tel: 094-9365068  

    Ballinrobe Tel: 094-9541140

    Mohill Tel: 071-9631499  

     Lines open Monday 6th April from 9:30am.

  • Aurivo has awarded one of two places on its Gaffney & Mulleady Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Scholarship programme to Mayo native Jack Sweeney.

    Jack from Ballina, studied at Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey before embarking on a Bachelor of Agri Science (Hons) at University College Dublin (UCD). Having grown up in the countryside near a dairy farm that he loved to visit, he developed a keen interest in agriculture and farming. 

    Now in its fourth year, Aurivo established and sponsors the programme in memory of Paddy Gaffney and Sean Mulleady who died tragically in 2013. The competition was open to students from Aurivo’s catchment area who undertake a level 7 or level 8 third level degree course in agriculture, food or nutrition.

    Two scholarships, each worth €2,500, are awarded as part of Aurivo’s programme to recognise and reward academic excellence and support young achievers who wish to develop careers in an agri-related profession.

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was in Ballaghadereen this afternoon, for the official opening of a new spray dryer facility at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant.

    The new dryer is a significant element in Aurivo's €48 million capital investment programme, to boost its Dairy Ingredients capacity by 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powder for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.

    Aurivo Co-Op now employs about 680 people, including over 150 in Ballaghadereen.

    The new spray dryer facility involved 150 construction workers working 7 days per week since last October to complete the project on time and within budget.

    Members of the Beef Plan movement staged a protest outside the Aurivo plant ahead of the Minister's arrival, to outline concerns mainly in relation to the prices farmers are getting for beef, and the challenges facing suckler farmers.



  • A Fine Gael Senator says the investment of 26m euro in the expansion of the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in Ballaghaderreen is very positive news for the town.

    The investment in the Ballaghaderreen plant is part of a wider 5-year Capital Investment Programme.

    These developments will allow Aurivo to increase their milk production by 25% and their dairy ingredients capacity by 50%.

    The planned developments are being supported by Enterprise Ireland.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says the planned expansion is very positive for Ballaghaderreen and the surrounding area. She says Aurivo is already a very important employer in the town and wider region and it now has the potential to create further employment both during the construction phase and once the extended facility is up and running.

  • Aurivo Consumer Foods business is celebrating after winning five prestigious awards in the past month.

    Listed among some of the biggest brands nationwide, Aurivo’s Connacht Gold brand was named number two in the Checkout Top 100 Brands, in the Butter / Spreadable Butter category for 2020.  

    Aurivo Consumer Foods business once again won at the internationally recognised Great Taste Awards 2020, achieving star ratings for four of its products. They are the much-acclaimed Connacht Gold Softer Butter, Connacht Gold Creamery Butter as well as its Organic For Us Whole Milk and Organic For Us Low Fat Milk which were all awarded Great Taste star ratings.

    The Awards acknowledge the best food and drink globally and Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

  • Former CEO of Aurivo Co-op Aaron Forde has been appointed the new Chairman of the Shannon Group.

    A native of Co Cavan, Mr Forde has a track record at senior level with international leadership experience gained across Ireland and the UK.

    He was Chief Executive of Aurivo for 16 years until he left the company at the end of 2019.

    Aaron Forde has previous board experience with Ornua, the Sligo Economic Forum, IBEC and Midwest Radio, and is also a non-executive director with a number of private companies.

    Transport Minister Eamon Ryan says he's pleased Mr Forde has accepted this appointment to the Shannon Group plc at a very challenging time, particularly for aviation, and says he's confident he will bring the right mix of skills and drive to his new role.

  • The EPA has published its latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.

    Seven industrial sites are currently on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards.

    Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Limited in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon are among the seven sites listed.

    Five sites have come off the previous National Priority Site list following improvements in compliance.

    These include the Shell E&P Ireland Limited site in Bellanaboy and the East Galway Residual Landfill Site near Ballinasloe.