First Milk has just secured an exclusive national listing with the leading foodservice supplier Brakes. The deal will see the co-operative's Lake District Dairy Co. Quark made available to thousands of major customers including restaurants, hotels, caterers and well known national chains throughout the UK.
Touted as the UK's new 'superfood' in a recent Daily Mail article1, First Milk's Lake District Quark will allow foodservice outlets to access the growing healthy-eating trend.
The naturally fat-free dairy ingredient is high in protein and low in sugar, and helps support customers' commitment to promote health and nutrition.
Glyn Hughes, Commercial Director at First Milk commented;
"It's great to now be able to distribute Lake District Dairy Co. Quark to the thousands of UK pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and larger scale catering providers in the Brakes network.
"The eating 'Out of Home' UK foodservice market was estimated at £79.7 billion in 2013, and this is expected to grow to £91bn in 20172. Our innovation pipeline has been developing foods which tap into this growing sector."
Ben Newby, Dairy Category Manager at Brakes comments; "Brakes has a great tradition of being the first to bring not only products to market, but also entire ranges. We are therefore proud and excited to add Lake District Dairy Co. Quark to that list, it has all the key health credential messages our customers are asking for, whilst being versatile in its functionality, and still tasting great. We look forward to it giving our customers yet another great reason to order from Brakes."
Peter Innes, Product Development Manager at Brakes adds; "Quark is the perfect ingredient for the busy chef or caterer looking to make that simple swap to their existing recipes to make them healthier and its spoonable velvety texture makes it easy and versatile for so many dishes. Lake District Dairy Co. Quark being a British produced product is a bonus too - especially as kitchens strive to buy local and display their support of farmers here in the UK."
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About First Milk
First Milk is the UK's only major dairy company, 100% owned by British farmers. It supplies a wide range of dairy products and dairy ingredients to customers in both national and international markets including block cheeses, soft cheeses, raw milk, butter, skimmed milk powder, whey proteins and sports nutrition brands.
It is headquartered in Glasgow with seven manufacturing sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
First Milk's aspiration is to provide consumers with great-tasting nutritious food, while delivering value for every part of its farmers' milk. As a business with a passion for innovation and sustainability, it is constantly seeking fresh ways of working with partners across the supply chain to drive pioneering solutions.
For further information on First Milk, please visit www.firstmilk.co.uk or follow the company on Twitter @first_milk and YouTube www.youtube.co.uk/firstmilk1.
With a turnover of £3bn, Brakes Group is a leading supplier to the foodservice industry in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. The group comprises a family of specialist businesses which are able to deliver everything the caterer needs, including their very successful own brand ranges developed specifically for chefs.
Employing more than 10,000 people, the group supplies a diverse customer base, which includes independent pubs, restaurants and hotels, schools, hospitals, contract caterers and well known national chains.
Brakes Group has developed a clear customer focus and a strong understanding of the needs of the foodservice sector providing innovative products and services and is committed to improving both the environment and the communities it serves.
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