Cow & Gate Formula Milks and Nutriprem Range

The Cow & Gate brand are celebrating over 135 year of manufacturing expertise in Ireland.

∞ Liquid formulations and food for special medical purposes are not manufactured in Ireland.

About Cow & Gate

Since 1887 Cow & Gate have been manufacturing in Ireland. 

1887 – First Cow & Gate factory in Ireland in Kildorerry, Co. Cork.

1973 – Moved into a purpose-built plant in Rocklands, Co. Wexford.

1993 – Macroom, Co. Cork state of the art factory is built.

We are a member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green, the Irish food industry’s sustainability programme. It is the world’s only national food and drink sustainability program uniting Government, food producers and the private sector.* 

We are proud to support Ireland’s grass-based dairy production and family farming tradition.

This important milestone is a step towards achieving Danone’s company goal of net zero by 2050.

The plant manufactures high-quality baby formula whilst curbing carbon emissions: the plant sources 100% renewable electricity and uses a biomass boiler powered by sustainable wood fuels. This has resulted in over 11,000 tons of CO2 savings compared to the plant’s emissions in 2010, representing an 80% reduction in its direct carbon footprint. It is the equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road.^

Carbon neutrality is certified annually by independent bodies, like the Carbon Trust, using an international standard PAS2060 verifying that an organisation is committing to reducing their annual emissions whilst using verified carbon credits to offset the remaining amount.  

Today manufacturing of our standard powdered formula milks takes place in both Wexford & Macroom. Wexford and Macroom are two important production sites in the Danone network and key locations for new product launches and innovation.

Local Impact:

  • Danone employs a total of almost 700 people in Ireland, across our two baby formula production sites in Macroom and Wexford and offices in Dublin.
  • We support local dairy co-operative suppliers and are situated in one of the world’s leading sustainable grass-fed dairy sectors.*
  • Supporting the local economy: the sustainable wood fuel powering the boiler is sourced from the local wood chipping industry, also delivering a positive economic impact in Wexford County. 
  •  The powdered milk used in Cow & Gate Follow-On and Toddler milks is sourced from Irish dairy cows.


Other Commitments:

  • We are a member of the Repak Plastics Pledge. We're acting to meet objectives which are designed to: reduce plastic packaging, ensure packaging is recyclable or reusable and minimise food waste by 2025.
  • Signatories of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, seeking to protect Ireland’s biodiversity.
  • We are proud to be a certified B Corp, meaning we are part of a community that believes business is a force for good for people and the planet.
  • Our Macroom and Wexford factories are achieving zero-waste to landfill: All waste from production processes or packaging materials is recovered. Our Wexford factory has achieved certification to the prestigious ISO 50001 International Energy Management Standard.

Cow & Gate fully supports the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and continued breast-feeding up to two years and beyond, combined with the safe introduction of appropriate complementary foods. However, when parents cannot or choose not to breastfeed, Cow & Gate offers a range of products formulated to an infant’s specific stage.

The Cow & Gate range includes First Infant milks, Follow on milks and Toddler milks. Products for the dietary management of extremely low birthweight infants are also available, and our specialised products formulated for bottle-fed infants diagnosed with common infant feeding issues including colic, constipation, reflux and regurgitation.

At Cow & Gate, we are proud to support parents and healthcare professionals throughout Ireland, with over 135 years of experience.

Cow & Gate Product Range

First Infant Milk

Cow & Gate First infant milk is a nutritionally complete± breastmilk substitute, suitable as the sole source of nutrition from birth and as part of a weaning diet from 6 months.

Follow-On Milk

Cow & Gate Follow-on Milk is formulated to help meet the increased nutritional needs of infants from 6 months+ as part of a weaning diet.  Cow and Gate Follow-on Milk contains Iron to support normal cognitive development and Vitamin D to support normal growth and development of bone. It is not a breastmilk substitute and should not be used as the sole source of nutrition.

Toddler Milks

Cow & Gate Toddler Milks are specially formulated to help meet the increased nutritional requirements of toddlers from 1-3 years as part of a varied balanced diet.

Special Milks

Cow & Gate’s specialised range of foods for special medical purposes is suitable for infants with common infant feeding issues, including colic, constipation, reflux and regurgitation.


The Cow and Gate Nutriprem range is specifically tailored to help meet the nutritional needs of preterm and low birth weight infants1, including specialised formulas, protein supplement and human milk fortifier.

Breastfeeding is best. Infant milk is suitable from birth, when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that the use of formula milks and the decision to start weaning should be made only on the advice of a doctor, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care based on baby’s individual needs. Use Toddler milk as part of a varied, balanced diet from 1 year. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. May be suitable for use as a sole source of nutrition for infants from birth and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6-12 months. Refer to label for details.

^Based on annual emissions of an average Irish car and kms travelled per year using SEAI data. Data on file, available upon request May 2022.

*Irish Dairy - Part of Ireland's Sustainable Future. Available at: Irish Dairy - Part of Ireland's Sustainable Future - National Dairy Council Ireland (

± As required by the legislation for all infant formula.

1. Agostoni et al. (2010) J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 50(1): 85-91.

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