Hong Kong-based Foodgears Industrial International toured the Dairy Partners factory in Newcastle Emlyn, including its new ‘state of the art’ mozzarella production line and newly installed LNG energy tank – which is helping the company to cut its carbon emissions by 29% a year.
Following the tour, the team took a trip around a local farm to see an automatic milking parlour and meet Dairy Partners’ farmer suppliers.
Dairy Partners has supplied Foodgears with mozzarella product for three years. According to director Will Bennett, the company has been looking for the right opportunity to host its Chinese and Hong Kong partners for some time.
“We were able to welcome them as part of a wider tour across Europe and it’s been a great weekend for export relations,” said Bennett.
“This is the first trip we have hosted for an international audience and it will be the first of many. Export is an important growth area for us and by hosting this trip we will be able to increase brand awareness with our customer base in China and throughout wider Asia.”
Independent and family-owned Dairy Partners currently exports to 26 countries in North Africa, Middle East, Asia and the EU. Its direct milk supply contract with 120 farmers means that all milk used for manufacture comes from within a 50-mile radius of the site.
“Our business is built strongly on provenance and traceability and these values are shared by Foodgears,” Bennett added. “We have been able to demonstrate the measures we take to support local farming and share our passion for this first hand.”
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