Cheesemaker invests in factory, creating jobs

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Cheese firm Dairy Partners to create 55 jobs
Dairy Partners aims to start building a new factory and head office, after receiving planning approval for the site at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

The company applied for planning permission earlier this year when its existing Stonehouse factory hit capacity. The new site, which is to start construction in 2019, will entail the installation of three new production lines in a 7,000m2​ facility, doubling the factory’s size and creating 55 jobs.

The family-owned company manufactures a range of cheese and dairy solutions for foodservice and manufacturing. As well as the factory in Stonehouse, it also has a site in Newcastle Emlyn, Wales.

Will Bennett, co-director, at Dairy Partners, said: “This factory expansion is part of a £25m investment on our part to double the output of mozzarella and pizza cheese that we manufacture across our factories in Gloucestershire and Newcastle Emlyn.”

New roles

Robert Peel, co-director at Dairy Partners, added that the while the expansion would create new roles, it would also secure jobs for existing employees.

“We are fully committed to growing our business in the UK. We only work with UK milk, which is farmed by British farmers from our herds in Wales,” ​he said. “Our success in growing export sales means that we are taking our produce to worldwide markets and doing our bit to fly the flag for British export.”

The company employs 152 staff across the two sites and currently turns over £120m per year.

Cheese is manufactured on-site, using National Dairy Farm Assured British Milk, which comes from within a 50-mile radius of its location in Newcastle Emlyn 

Its mozzarella and pizza cheese products are supplied to foodservice, catering and retail outlets in the UK and overseas.

 

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