Lakeland Dairies has won a supply contract with Baileys. The dairy group, Ireland's fourth largest, will supply fresh cream for use in Baileys Irish Cream. Terms of the deal were not released.

The liqueur, which makes up over 50% of Irish spirit exports, requires 50m gallons of milk a year. Lakeland processes over 200m gallons annually, and currently holds the top position for exports of UHT dairy products, single portion milks and whiteners for tea and coffee that are used by fast food chains, hotels, restaurants and airlines.

Baileys Original Irish Cream, owned by Diageo, is the world's largest liqueur brand.