The recent €1.6million investment announced by porridge producer Flahavan’s at their Kilmacthomas mill bodes well for the company’s long-term future.
Thus far, €500,000 has been invested with the installation of a dryer and associated grain handling equipment – the new installation is capable of drying grain quicker and is more energy efficient.
A further €1.1million is to be invested in new storage units (specifically installed for organic oats at the mill) which can store up to 4,000 tonnes.
The firm, which has been in the family for six generations, is one of the few oat milling operations that remains in service in the Republic.
Their great tradition, we are glad to report, looks set to remain long into the future, given the company’s adaptability to the realities of the modern market.
Company chairman John Flahavan, sitting beneath a portrait of his grandfather John, told The Munster Express about the company’s investment plan.
“It’s one of the largest such plans that we have undertaken at the mill and secures future employment,” he said.
“Organic is a growing sector of our business accounting for 15 per cent of our sales and we expect that this will increase. We are always trying to encourage Irish farmers to grow organic oats for us to meet the increased demand.”