First Milk Cheese Company Appoints New General Manager at Maelor Packing Site

The First Milk Cheese Company has appointed a new General Manager to lead its Maelor cheese packing facility in North Wales.

Chris Palmer joined the First Milk Cheese Company (FMCC) – a division of First Milk, the UK's largest dairy farmer co-operative – following more than a decade with Weetabix Ltd where he was initially Head of International Sales and more recently, Head of Manufacturing. Chris led a 75-acre multi-plant site, employing 770 people and controlling a budget of over £30 million.

As well as his ten years with Weetabix, Chris has clocked up a further 18 years' experience with international food and drinks brands including UB Ross Youngs, Golden Wonder Ltd and Cadbury Schweppes.

Jeff Halliwell, Managing Director of The First Milk Cheese Company, said he was delighted to have secured Chris' services: "Chris has an incredible pedigree working in the fast moving consumable goods (FMCG) sector and his experiences from global businesses such as Weetabix and Golden Wonder means he will be a real asset to The First Milk Cheese Company going forward."

Chris is also excited about the opportunities ahead: "As the largest UK-based cheese supplier, FMCC is building an impressive reputation in the marketplace. I have a proven track record in both branded and private label food business and I look forward to bringing this experience to benefit The First Milk Cheese Company."

FMCC's Maelor packing facility is the largest cheese packing factory in the UK, with 400 employees packing more than 70k tonnes of cheese each year.

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For further information, please contact:

Jill Coyle on 07825 625205

Notes to editors

First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK. Its members' farms stretch from Central Scotland to the South of England, and from West Wales to East Anglia. The business has three divisions: Milk Operations; Cheese; and Ingredients. Milk Operations handles approximately 1.8 billion litres of milk per annum from around 2600 producers. This milk is supplied to First Milk's cheese business and to many of the leading names in the industry. The First Milk Cheese Company is the largest UK-based cheese supplier. First Milk's Ingredients business supplies a range of customers with milk powder and whey products for functional foods, protein drinks, pro-biotics, pre-biotics.

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