The site is one of the country’s largest glass bottle milk factories. The move follows Müller’s acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December and a subsequent review of the milk&more business. It purchased the Hanworth dairy as part of the deal.
Müller to consult employees
Dairy Crest had announced the closure of Hanworth, which was founded in 1847 and was one of the first dairies to introduce pasteurisation, in 1912. Müller will now fully consult with all employees at the site.
The milk&more business, comprising 1,190 milkmen and women and the Hanworth dairy, will be integrated into a new, single business led by Patrick Müller.
Patrick Müller, head of milk&more, said: “When Müller acquired Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December we committed to taking measured decisions as quickly as possible to build a sustainable fresh milk business in the UK.”
“This was an easy decision to make. milk&more is a great business driven by employees who are talented, committed and passionate about what they do, and the Hanworth Dairy is an integral part of the supply chain for the doorstep delivery business.
“We are confident that our proposals will be welcomed by customers and employees alike and we look forward to discussing the future with them. “
Müller has also revealed it has plans to rejuvenate and expand its milk&more doorstep delivery business, which delivers milk and other daily essentials to more than 600,000 homes across the country.