The Irish Dairy Board UK Limited Tax Strategy



This strategy applies to The Irish Dairy Board UK Limited and to the group of UK companies headed by The Irish Dairy Board UK Limited in accordance with paragraphs 16(2) and 25(1) of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 2016. This group forms part of the 
Ornua worldwide group, which is headed by Ornua Co-operative Limited, a company incorporated in the Republic of Ireland.


A list of the entities to which this strategy applies is set out below. In this strategy, references to ‘Ornua’ or ‘the group’ relates to the entities included in the attached list only.


This strategy applies from the date of publication until it is superseded. References to ‘UK Taxation’ are to the taxes and duties set out in paragraph 15(1) of the Schedule which include Income Tax, Corporation Tax, PAYE, NIC, VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, and Stamp Duty Land Tax. References to ‘tax’, ‘taxes’ or ‘taxation’ are to UK taxation and to all corresponding worldwide taxes and similar duties in respect of which Ornua has legal


Attitude towards tax planning and level of risk


The level of risk that Ornua accepts in relation to the UK taxation is consistent with its overall objective of achieving certainty in its tax affairs.


Ornua manages risks to ensure compliance with legal requirements in a manner which ensures payment of the right amount of tax. We have relationships with professional advisors that allow us to seek expert advice in specialist areas in order to minimise uncertainty and risk. Ornua maintains on-going application of tax governance with strong internal controls in order to substantially reduce tax risk to materially acceptable levels. As part of this governance, any tax risks are identified and monitored, and their materiality is assessed based on both the potential impact on the group if the tax risk crystallises and the relative likelihood of it crystallising. The group’s tax affairs are managed in a way which takes into account the group’s wider corporate reputation in line with its overall high standards of governance.


In line with current OECD guidelines we base our transfer pricing policy on the arm’s length principle and maintain appropriate documentation in line with legal requirements.



The UK Group and management of its tax risks


Ornua’s strategic aim is to minimise its exposure to tax risk. Ornua seeks to achieve this aim through: (a) submission of all UK tax returns on a timely basis, including sufficient detail to enable HMRC to form an accurate view of the affairs of the company filing the return with an adequate supporting audit trail and sign-off process; (b) paying the appropriate amount of tax at the right time. Where this view may differ to the position taken by HMRC, Ornua aims to be transparent about the filing position it has taken; (c) maintain tax accounting arrangements which are robust and accurate; (d) ensuring that the departments who are involved in Ornua’s tax processes are both adequately resourced, supported and that key personnel are retained in order to manage tax compliance issues on a timely basis; and (e) ensure all tax filing positions are supported with appropriate documentary evidence. 



Relationship with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)


Ornua seeks to have an open and constructive relationship with HMRC through regular meetings and communication in respect of significant transactions and changes in the business and seeks to discuss any tax issues arising at an early stage. We focus on timely tax compliance by meeting relevant filing and payment deadlines for all taxes.


When submitting tax computations and returns to HMRC, Ornua discloses all relevant facts and identifies any transactions or issues where it considers that there is potential for the tax treatment to be uncertain.



List of entities covered by this Tax Strategy


Active companies


  • The Irish Dairy Board (UK) Limited
  • Ornua Foods UK Limited
  • Ornua Butter Trading UK Limited
  • Ornua Nutrition Ingredients UK Limited
  • Ornua Ingredients UK Limited
  • Ornua Nantwich Limited
  • FJ Need (Foods) Limited


Dormant companies


  • CEL Nutrition Limited
  • Adams Butter Limited
  • Foodtec (UK) Limited
  • Kerrygold Fresh Foods Limited
  • The Cheese Warehouse Limited
  • Meadow Cheese (Processing) Limited
  • The Kerrygold Company Limited
  • North Downs Dairy Company Limited
  • North Downs International Limited
  • Ornua UK Limited
  • Pilgrim Choice Dairy Company Limited
  • Blacklands Limited
  • After Change Limited