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Arla opens cheese storage and maturation facility

By Rick Pendrous , 06-Feb-2017
Last updated on 06-Feb-2017 at 09:47 GMT2017-02-06T09:47:49Z

Cheese plant opening: Roy Grocott, chairman (l) with Linda Grocott, joint md, Michiel de Jonge, senior vice president at Arla Global Logistics, and David Grocott, joint md
Cheese plant opening: Roy Grocott, chairman (l) with Linda Grocott, joint md, Michiel de Jonge, senior vice president at Arla Global Logistics, and David Grocott, joint md

Arla, the farmer-owned dairy company and one of the UK’s largest cheese manufacturers, has opened a new facility in Shropshire for maturing its cheeses.

Cheeses from Taw Valley, Llandyrnog and Lockerbie will now go to the purpose-built facility in Whitchurch. Once matured, they will be moved to Arla’s nearby cutting and packing site in Oswestry before being despatched.

Previously, the cheeses were stored and matured at a number of locations. But now the process is managed by a sole supplier.

At the start of 2016, Arla signed a long-term contract with Shropshire-based storage and distribution company, Grocontinental, to build and manage the facilities following the dairy company’s review of its existing suppliers.

32,000 pallet chilled store

The new 32,000 pallet chilled store was officially opened by Michiel de Jonge, senior vice president of Arla Global Logistics and Ray Grocott, chairman of Grocontinental. It features high-density racking, together with dedicated cheese grading facilities.

“Arla has committed to grow its UK business by nearly a third by 2020, as part of the company’s global strategy for growth and to position Arla as the champion of British dairy,” said Ian Brown, vice president Arla Foods UK Logistics.

“The decision to consolidate the maturation facilities from three of our creameries into one fantastic facility reflects how we are investing for the future to ensure quality, competitiveness and economies of scale.”

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