Vincent Cleary – Glenisk

  • Vincent Cleary is managing director of Glenisk, while his brother Gerard is chief financial officer. The Tullamore-based company is a producer of organic dairy and goats’ milk products including yogurt, cream and crème fraiche.

    Glenisk was founded in 1987 by their father – Offaly dairy farmer Jack Cleary. Following his death in 1995, Vincent and Gerard took over the business along with their siblings Brian and Mark. The same year, Glenisk converted to organic production. In 1996, the company introduced goats’ milk products, and this part of the business now accounts for 20 per cent of turnover.

    The company now employs 60 people directly and works with 50 small family farms across Ireland to source organic cows’ milk and goats’ milk.

    Its market share has tripled over the past five years, while revenues have almost doubled since 2007. Turnover exceeded €17 million in 2013. Glenisk is available from all leading multiples in Ireland, as well as in the UK, Portugal, Spain and the UAE.