Food group Glanbia is seeking sites in Leinster to build a greenfield dairy manufacturing plant, according to a weekend report.
It may invest more than 50m euros in the facility, the Sunday Times says, which is hoped to come on stream when milk production quotas come to an end in 2015.
It says a decision on whether to build the facility on a 100 acre greenfield site is expected in the second quarter of next year.
The paper says sites owned by NAMA are among those the food group is looking at.
The plant will be designed to tap into a different catchment of dairy farmers than its current facility at Ballyragget in Co Kilkenny.
The new plant will produce milk and value added products such as yoghurts and cheeses.
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