About Us

Our History

Proud dairy tradition dating back to 1922


Ornua Foods can trace its roots back to 1922. Since then Adams Foods Ltd as it is today has grown from a small family dairy to one of the largest cheese and butter company in the UK.



Frederick Adams established a small business selling milk direct from the dairy and packing butter under the Adams brand which helped them grow rapidly



Adams became UK distributor for the Irish Dairy Board’s products including the newly launched Kerrygold butter



Adams became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Irish Dairy Board and Adams Butter became Adams Foods Limited;



The group reverted to its core business and The Kerrygold Company and Adams Food Ingredients were created;



North Downs Dairy established and the Pilgrims Choice brand was launched;



Due to expansion of North Downs Dairy’s business, a purpose built packing facility was built in Wincanton, Somerset;



The Kerrygold Company moved from their old site within Leek to a purpose built site at Sunnyhills Road. This saw the Kerrygold Company soon establish itself as the largest packer of cheese in the UK and Ireland. Customers now included major retailers, food service businesses, contract packing customers and independent cheese producers seeking a route to market;



North Downs Dairy acquired by the Irish Dairy Board;



Horlicks Farms acquired by the Irish Dairy Board;



The Kerrygold Company invested £30m in state-of-the-art facility at the existing Sunnyhills site, increasing production capacity and efficiency and incorporating the very latest green technologies;



The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy merged to form Adams Foods with an annual turnover of over £300m.



Changed our name to Ornua Foods