Construction of the 3,000m2 liquid bottle centre was announced in 2021 and saw a £5m investment from the Welsh Government European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – Food Business Investment Scheme.
Pembrokeshire Creamery Ltd will have the capacity to bottle 60m litres of milk in its initial 12–18-month phase, building to 120m litres per year when it reaches full capacity.
This new facility will also create an estimated 60 new jobs at the Haverfordwest site during Phase 1, as well as securing or creating employment in ancillary industries and supply chains, while providing an overall benefit to the local farming economy and rural communities.
It will also provide UK supermarkets with the opportunity to offer their Welsh customers milk that is both sourced and bottled in Wales rather than being transported to England for processing.
“We’ve already had a huge amount of interest from supermarkets and wholesalers keen to sell Welsh milk that’s been bottled here in Wales,” said Mark McQuade, the company’s managing director.
The team, led by McQuade, will be at the upcoming Pembrokeshire Country Show later this week (16 & 17 August) and dairy farmers are invited to find them at stand A25 to find out more about the planned opening.
“We’re hoping that our presence at the show will be an opportunity for dairy farmers, customers or other suppliers to make connections and for us to start building the business relationships which will translate into long term economic benefits for Welsh farming and our rural economy,” he added.
“Ultimately, our end goal is for all Welsh milk that is sold in Wales to have been processed and bottled in Wales.”