Dale Farm dairy opened a new high-capacity cheese plant last week, as part of a £40M investment in its business.
The plant in Dunmanbridge, Northern Ireland, will produce up to 50,000t of cheddar a year. “Our key aim is to be best in class in our chosen markets and to be a leading player in the cheddar cheese sector,” said Dale Farm chief executive David Dobbin.
As part of the £40M investment, the company has plans for an additional cheese packing facility in the UK, possibly at Kendal, Cumbria. It has also started work on a new chilled products distribution centre at Kendal and a major upgrade and milk bottle blowing inplant with Nampak at its fresh milk facility in Pennybridge, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
“This major investment programme will enable us to further develop our added value sales in the UK and Ireland, as well as key export markets,” said Dobbin.
“This investment in developing production and distribution centres of excellence, alongside our investments in innovation and marketing, will enhance our capability to supply major retail, foodservice and ingredients customers,” he added.