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Bandon Co-Op

Bandon Co-op was founded in 1903 by pioneering farmers and was one of the first co-ops in Ireland. Today, it is wholly owned by its farmer shareholders. It purchased milk from its farmers/shareholders, used it to manufacture butter which was marketed in Ireland and overseas. The co-op grew and expanded its operations significantly since the early 1970s following the country’s membership of the EU. In 1968, it formed a joint venture, along with three neighbouring co-ops, with Express Dairies to build a skimmed milk and cheese processing and manufacturing facility. This business was fully acquired in the early 1990s by Bandon, and the three other co-ops and has evolved into the Carbery Group. All 85 million litres of Bandon Co-op’s milk is collected from farms, and sold to and processed by Carbery. Clona Dairy Products, a liquid milk and consumer and food service products distribution business, was acquired by Bandon and two neighbouring co-ops in 1989. Bandon Co-op has three business units - the agri-division, the retail division and the dairy products division.

Financial Data


By Turnover

(€159.7 million)

By Employees

386th in Top Companies By Turnover
  • 351
  • €159.7 million


  • Gerard Brickley CEO/Managing Director

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