Dairy co-op Aurivo, formerly Connacht Gold, saw profits jump 70 per cent to €8.9 million last year despite the collapse in milk prices.On the back of (...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Aurivo’s Dairy Ingredients business recorded €125 million in sales due to increased demand and stronger milk supply

Aurivo Co-Operative Society, which was formerly known as Connacht Gold, has reported a record turnover of €454 million for 2013, up 11 per cent(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary and TV3 commercial director Pat Kiely at the filming of an ad for the airline in the station’s HD studio in Ballymount, Dublin, earlier this month. (See question 20.) Photograph: Brian McEvoy

There was a big entry to my Christmas quiz last month. The winner is Mrs Kenya Quigley from Greystones in Co Wicklow. Congratulations, you win a two-d(...)

The cheap milk companies can’t wait for the end of the EU quota in 2015, but the expensive milk companies are not going down without a fight. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great mysteries of suburban life and, for all I know, rural life, is the price of milk. How is it that you can walk into a convenience stor(...)

Aurivo’s prices are audited annually by KPMG and published as part of an industry-wide review. Green Pastures and Natural Dairies do not take part in this.

One of two dairy processors involved in a High Court action over milk supplies has hit back at claims it is using the milk quota system to force a com(...)

Until April 2015, the market in the Republic is tied to the quota system, which gives purchasers of raw milk, namely the diary co-ops, control over production in each region, which in effect means that they set prices paid to suppliers.  Photographer: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

Milk prices are currently breaking records. This week, the Republic’s biggest processor, Glanbia, announced that it will pay farmers 39 cent a litre, (...)

Any spare capacity that is not used reverts to the co-op, which can make it available to other producers, through the “flexi-milk” system

Two milk processors in the northwest are engaged in a bitter battle over the supply of milk in the region, with the disagreement heading for the High (...)

Among the most visible trends is the big brands’ market share being eroded by own-brand gains

The latest Checkout Top 100 Brands rankings may not appear to have changed all that much from previous years, but scratch beneath the surface and t(...)

Tom Joe McManus, Drumshanbo, collecting fodder brought in from Brighton, England, and distributed to farmers affected by the fodder shortage, at Kiltoghert Co-Op, Co Leitrim on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kiltoghert Co-op sells everything from weed killer to catering packs of tea bags but farmers weren’t queuing to stock their kitchen larders yes(...)