New £20m Welsh cheese factory to create 100 jobs

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Mona Island Dairy is to create 100 jobs at a new £20m production facility
Mona Island Dairy is to create 100 jobs at a new £20m production facility

Related tags: Dairy

Anglesey-based Mona Island Dairy is to create 100 new jobs as part of a £20m investment into a new cheese factory at its existing facility.

Due for completion in September this year, the 2,322.5m2 ​facility has been supported by a £3m grant from the Business Innovation and Tourism Escalator Scheme and will produce 7,000 tonnes of cheese a year.

Managing director Ronald Akkerman said the new factory will see turnover rise to £25m by 2022 and set new standards for the industry, boosted by the manufacturer’s plans to blend innovative and traditional methods to create Cheddar, Gouda, Edam and a range of artisan cheeses.

Future growth

“The cheese production line has been built to accommodate the company’s future growth ambitions,”​ said Akkerman. “Different milk streams can be processed into specific niche products, such as organic cheese.

“Biodegradable wastes such as milk residue will be processed at the nearby Mona Biogas plant on Anglesey and all the process water will be recovered from the whey concentration, thereby minimizing the intake of potable water. This will make it the most environmentally friendly factory in Europe, running completely on renewable electricity.”

Mona Island Dairy will collaborate closely with customers to identify market trends, develop new products and create ‘a distinct competitive advantage’ at retail and food service level.

Tailored batches

Customers would be given a greater range of options for developing cheese tailored to their needs in larger volumes of relatively small batches.

Welsh minister for rural affairs Lesley Griffiths added: “This is excellent news for Holyhead, Anglesey and the wider area.  It is good to see that milk from local farms will be used in the production of the cheese which will be a boost for the dairy industry, and it is great to see the measures taken to minimize the impact on the environment.”

“I am pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this facility which will create over 100 new jobs, which is very positive for the region.”

Meanwhile, mozzarella and pizza cheese manufacturer Dairy Partners has begun construction of a new £15m cheese production site​ near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Related topics: Dairy, Operations

Related news

Show more

comments

Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars