Last year marked the beginning of a new era for Lakeland Dairies and another step in the slow journey towards greater consolidation in the Irish dairy processing sector. Having completed a merger with LacPatrick early last year, Lakeland can now claim to be the second largest dairy processor on the island of Ireland.

The Cavan-based farmer co-op saw its sales breach the €1bn milestone last year for the very first time, while its total milk pool on the island of Ireland grew to a significant 1.85bn litres. Lakeland is now supplied by more than 3,200 dairy farmers both north and south of the border.