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Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Limited (The Group) is the second largest dairy processor on the island of Ireland. The business is complex and ambitious with a milk supply pool of 2 billion litres of milk, drawn from over 3,200 family farms across 16 counties, and annual revenues of almost €2 billion in the current year.

With the most modern dairy manufacturing facilities in 8 locations on a cross border basis, the Group supplies to a broad customer base including some of the world’s foremost ‘blue chip’ companies across the dairy food ingredients, foodservice and consumer food channels on a domestic Ireland, UK, European and global basis. Internationally we export some 240 different products to over 80 countries worldwide.

The Group’s Agribusiness Division (Lakeland Agri) operates a state of the art Animal Feed Manufacturing Facility and is a leading and innovative provider of the highest quality feeds and agricultural inputs to dairy, beef and sheep farmers across the north and south of Ireland

We employ some 1,300 employees across the Group with the majority evenly split between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.


Lakeland Dairies and its milk producers operate in one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled natural environments and we recognise that the management of our environmental footprint is critical to the long-term sustainability and future success of our business.

We work with our farmer milk suppliers to promote environmental protection and performance. Our factories operate to globally recognised environmental and energy standards. We also recognise the importance of social and economic sustainability and the importance of strong ESG standards throughout the business.

Diversity and Inclusion

Lakeland Dairies embraces an inclusive culture, celebrating diversity and inclusion across all our business. We encourage you, as a graduate, to join on our journey to bring fairness, equity and harmony to people in our workforce.

Graduate Careers at Lakeland Dairies

A career with Lakeland Dairies offers a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the future growth and development of one of Ireland’s most successful and forward looking businesses.

The Lakeland Dairies Graduate Programme is specifically structured to provide graduates with the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills.

The programme will include rotations, with exposure to multiple disciplines – potentially including an international rotation. These will be based over a two-year period with the opportunity for full time employment post programme – based on performance. Graduates will work on a number of exciting projects in conjunction with fellow graduates and employees of Lakeland Dairies.

In parallel with this, they will have the opportunity to participate in our accredited Professional Diploma programme for graduates.

Graduates will be invited from a wide range of disciplines:

  • Food Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Agri Science
  • Information Technology
  • Business – all areas

Lakeland Dairies Graduate Brochure 2023

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