What are we meant to make of Aaron Forde’s departure from the chair of Ornua after six years? There was little warning until the eve of Tuesday’s board meeting that a change was afoot. Chairing the Ornua board has never been easy, but has never been harder. The board comprises the CEOs of the member co-ops, some farmer chairs and farm organisation representatives, plus one independent director, the new chair, Denis Cregan.

Cregan was one of the “three wise men” along with Denis Brosnan and Hugh Friel, who led Kerry through two decades of growth. They also led Kerry out of what was then the Irish Dairy Board 30 years ago.