First Milk Proposes Changes At Creameries

First Milk is refocusing its cheese business, which may result in some job losses at their Lake District creamery in Cumbria and at their Haverfordwest creamery in West Wales. Employee numbers will potentially be reduced by eleven people at the Lake District creamery, and by seven people at Haverfordwest creamery. Peter Humphreys, First Milk's chief executive, commented:

"On an ongoing basis, we need to ensure not only that our ways of working at our production sites are as efficient and flexible as possible, but also that we are putting the milk our farmers supply into products and customers that deliver the best returns.

"We firmly believe that the best route forward for our cheese business lies in concentrating on the work we have already started on developing regional cheese brands, alongside premium retailer label contracts.

"We have spoken to our employees at the creameries about the requirement for more flexible ways of working, and we are now meeting with those directly affected by the potential job losses as part of a formal consultation process.

"Over the next six months, we will consult with employees and the Unions about developing more flexible working arrangements."


Notes to editors
  • 94 people currently work at the Lake District creamery
  • 67 people currently work at Haverfordwest creamery

For more information contact:

Jill Coyle, Communications manager, First Milk
Direct dial: 0141 847 6884
Mobile: 07825 625205