Irish dairy firm Ornua has announced that its mozzarella production facility at Ornua Ingredientes España, in the Spanish city of Avila, has been 'severely damaged' by fire.
As a result, the company is temporarily moving cheese production to its European and North American manufacturing bases, to meet immediate product requirements.
Ornua, which manufactures brands such as Kerrygold butter and Dubliner cheese, says that local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, and no one was injured in the incident.
The facility employs 120 full and part-time staff.
In 2016, Ornua reported that turnover rose by 9.1% to €1.75 billion. These figures were boosted by record global retail sales of Kerrygold, which reached €900 million last year, with a 20% volume growth in the United States.
The Dublin-based company has operations across Europe, the US and the Middle East, and exports dairy products and ingredients to over 100 countries.
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