Chief executive Shelagh Hancock said the investment would allow them to meet growing demand and help ‘further improve’ farmer members’ returns
First Milk has announced a £12.5m investment into its cheese and whey processing facilities, taking its total capital spending on manufacturing sites since 2018 to around £30m.
It includes £9m being spent at its Lake District Creamery, installing high capacity cheese blockformers as well as new water, milk,, cream and whey handling processes as the fourth stage of a multi-year investment totalling around £14m since 2019.
A further £3.5m will be invested at its Haverfordwest Creamery including a new chilled-water plant, as well as a significant upgrade to the whey process following an £8m investment in the site which was completed last year.
The investment over the last three years will take processing capacity of both sites up by over 20 per cent.
Shelagh Hancock, chief executive, said: “We are committed to investing in our processing facilities to continuously drive operational efficiency, product quality and sustainability.
“This investment programme will unlock additional capacity, whilst helping us further enhance our award-winning product quality,” she said.
“What is more, this capital spend enables us to reduce energy and water use, helping us to meet our ambitious First4Milk environmental targets and reinforcing our commitment to sustainable dairy.”
She added all the investment in cheese production would ensure the business was ‘resilient and well-placed’ to meet growing demand across the world, and ‘further improve the returns to our farmer members for the long-term’.