The new corporate headquarters of Aurivo was officially opened by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan last week.
The relocation to new corporate headquarters has provided the opportunity to bring together for the first time on one dedicated site, Aurivo's head office staff, its agri-business head office, its consumer food’s head office, its farm profitability programme team and its livestock marts payments centre.
Unveiling the new Aurivo headquarters, Commissioner Phil Hogan said that Aurivo can be very proud of its new headquarters, which he expects will be a hub of entrepreneurial activity in the region.
"Bringing together different strands of Aurivo's business model and clustering them together in one centre is a very positive development, and a statement of confidence and ambition, proving yet again the vital contribution of the agri-food sector to the ongoing economic recovery of this region, and this country.
"The family farms of Ireland's northwest region will benefit from Aurivo's strengths, and today I want to deliver the message that with the CAP now reformed and more market-oriented, the changing international context provides a wealth of opportunities for forward-thinking farmers, co-ops and agri-businesses."
Tom Cunniffe, Chairman of Aurivo said that the new headquarters is designed for a modern globally focused business.
"As a growing business, the co-operative requires facilities and a corporate headquarters that are totally fit for purpose in relation to our own ambitions and those of our owners.
"Our new headquarters fit that bill and makes possible the smooth and efficient running of our operations. We have a highly motivated and passionate team here in Sligo alongside an equally dedicated broader team based across our retail and manufacturing sites around the region," he said.
Aaron Forde, CEO of Aurivo said as a co-operative, Aurivo continues to make strong strategic progress and the opening of this fine headquarters is another example of our continued evolution.
"Aurivo has experienced 8% growth in milk supply in the year to date, a strong vote of confidence by our milk producers in the strategy of the cooperative.
"Market returns have been supplemented by our milk stability fund, established for member support during difficult market periods.
"The ongoing turbulence and volatility in our markets is quiet significant for our dairy farmers and to that end, I would ask Commissioner Hogan that in the short term he reviews the extent of market support and that in the medium term, he considers what tools can be provided by Europe to manage volatility in the supply chain," he said.