Agri Food


Kilkenny has a long established agri-food sector with major companies operating in the county including Tilan, formally Glanbia and Connolly’s RED MILLS, complemented by an emerging artisan food producer base of approximately 40 micro and medium sized food producers.

Tirlán, formerly known as Glanbia Ireland, is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and Agri brands.

The farmer-owned co-operative has a first-class track record of success in the global market. Rooted in a rich heritage of family farming and embedded in its communities, Tirlán has evolved to bring the passion of its farmers and their high-quality milk and grains to the international marketplace. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to its milk pool of three billion litres and its premium grains portfolio, Tirlán now exports to more than 80 countries. Its award-winning brands are household names in Ireland, and include Ireland’s number one consumer dairy brand, Avonmore.

The organisation draws on a wealth of experience to deliver exceptional products and tailored nutritional solutions including Kilmeaden, Wexford, Truly Grass Fed, Solmiko, CheddMax and GAIN. Tirlán has a strong market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China.

A talented team of over 2,100 people manage Tirlán’s network of 11 production facilities and 52 Agri retail outlets serving its communities with annual revenues of over €3 billion expected in 2022. Tirlán’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Kilkenny city and innovation centre in Ballyragget promote innovation, creativity and collaboration. Tirlán is committed to sustainability throughout the organisation through its comprehensive Living Proof programme, and the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) contained within it.

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At Tirlán the culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Tirlán owns leading consumer and Agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation –

Connolly’s RED MILLS is a family owned company, providing precision nutrition for a wide range of animal needs, across the agri, equine, pet and greyhound sectors. The company was established in 1908 in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny and today, we export to over 40 countries around the world.
For people who value their animals, as high performers or as family pets, Connolly’s RED MILLS has been the automatic choice for over 100 years, and we are proud to say, the fifth generation of our family is continuing this tradition today.

We know just what it takes to get you the best results in terms of animal nutrition, health, well-being and performance. Some of the most successful high-performance animals in the world have been fed on Connolly’s RED MILLS. The products that produce these results are supported by nutritional research along with some of the most technologically advanced innovation and manufacturing processes in the world. careers at Connolly’s Red Mils :


Beotanics is a specialist supplier of unique, good-for-you Plant-based Food Ingredients. We are delivering new ways to feed the planet and in doing so providing fresh opportunities for Horticulture and Food production in Ireland.

We have been working for many years on researching and developing crops, that deliver taste, nutritional and functional solutions to the food industry.

In April 2019 we officially launched our Beotanics business and we are now establishing as an end-to-end solution provider of unique plant-based food ingredients. What makes us unique is that our varieties are unique and we also operate an end-to-end partnership model that provides food and beverage manufacturers with a supplier who can offer a unique plant genetics source through to bespoke food ingredient solution.

We passionately believe that what we do is good for the planet and fills a social need by:

  • Improving human health.
  • Balancing Resource Allocation.
  • Enhancing Biodiversity.
  • Reducing Environmental Impact of the Food Industry.