In a nutshell: If you remember nothing else about Glanbia, remember three things. Glanbia is big in milk, pigs and mozzarella cheese -- lots of it. Enough, in fact to cover the top of every third pizza sold in European supermarkets. Ireland's leading milk processor and a major supplier of pigmeat, dairy ingredients, animal feed and nutritional foods, Glanbia turns over euro 1.8bn and employs 4,000 people
History: Formed by the merger in 1997 of Avonmore and Waterford, Ireland's largest dairy processor did not get off to a very auspicious start, with many analysts writing it off as one of the biggest corporate disasters of the late 1990s. Things gradually picked up, however, as it shed its loss-making UK orange juice business, sold its UK liquid milk and beef operations and rebranded itself as Glanbia (Gaelic for 'pure' or 'clean' food). Despite a ropy start, insist bosses, Glanbia is now the 'food equivalent of the knowledge economy'