Today (Tuesday 21st August), Rt Hon Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Food and Agriculture, visited the Lake District Creamery in Aspatria - home of the award-winning Lake District cheddar.
Over £15million has been invested in the creamery over the last two years to improve efficiencies at the site as well as develop further added value opportunities. The developments, through increased efficiencies, will also pave the way to accommodate for continued growth of First Milk's Lake District Cheddar - currently the UK's number 3 cheddar brand with a pack of the cheese sold somewhere in the UK, approximately every 1.5 seconds.
The visit to the creamery also follows the launch of a new contract by First Milk launched exclusively for Cumbrian farmers, supplying (or interested in supplying) milk to the Creamery. The new contract will pay producers on the weight of butterfat and protein in the milk supplied, rather than through the industry-standard pence per litre.
Mr Paice said:
"With global demand for Western food soaring, the British dairy industry has huge potential to prosper, and First Milk is grabbing the opportunities with both hands.
"They're showing how an added-value, export-led business strategy, focussing on investment and innovation, can drive significant returns for farmers and the wider economy."