Celebrating its 80th anniversary and record sales for a second consecutive year, a Welsh farmers’ co-operative has appealed for more milk suppliers.
Alan Wyn Jones, managing director of South Caernarfon Creameries, near Pwllheli, launched the recruitment drive on the back of a record sales year of £45 million, prompting farmers to join his business due to such high demand for its cheese and butter.
He said the team was ‘keen to recruit more all-year-round milk producing dairy farmers into [our] ranks’.
Mr Wyn Jones said: “There is ever increasing demand for our products and we continue to innovate in order to add as much value as possible.
“Only last week we were at an international fancy food fair in New York working to get our Dragon cheese brand in front of a USA audience.
“After 80 years, our ambition to grow and add value is as strong as ever.”
Latest figures highlighted a 36 per cent increase on sales with plans over the next 20 years to drive up sales even further.
The co-operative currently employs 127 farmers, producing about 12,500 tonnes of cheer each year.
Its co-founder, the late John Owen Roberts, had a vision in the 1930s to see Welsh dairy farmers work together to market their own milk.
He was later awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution to the Welsh dairy industry.
Mr Wyn Jones credited his long-term philosophy of working to secure the best possible returns for its farmer members as being the root of its success.
“We currently pay one of the highest milk prices in Wales and we work hard to innovate and take advantage of new technologies to ensure we produce the highest quality products on their behalf,” he said.
“Our aim is to produce fantastic products, an unbeatable service to our farmer members and our customers, and to work on delivering new and different products to continually entice consumers.”
Interest from dairy farmers across mid and north Wales is particularly encouraged. For more information click here.