Multi-million investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

Multi-million investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

First Milk, the farmer owned food business, has just commenced two major investment projects at their Haverfordwest Creamery in Pembrokeshire.

Nearly £7 million is being invested in a brand new effluent treatment plant and the installation of new boilers which run on clean burn natural gas.

These projects come on top of a £9 million of investment in recent years which has made Haverfordwest Creamery one of the very best in the dairy industry.

The investment in new gas boilers, which are replacing the current heavy fuel oil units, will reduce carbon emissions at the site by a massive 3,500 tonnes per year, equivalent to taking 2,000 cars off the road. As part of planning for the effluent treatment plant, First Milk developed a unique partnership with Natural Resources Wales, which targets reducing not only the environmental footprint of the creamery, but also a large group of farms that supply it.

Finally, further investments at the creamery are currently being scoped out for 2014 and 2015. Part of these plans will involve increasing capacity at the site to meet growing demand for its cheeses. As part of this investment drive, the company is actively recruiting for more milk in West Wales and have a new contract in place that is paying one of the highest milk prices in the UK. Interested farmers can contact Sharon Osborne at Haverfordwest Creamery on 01437 761505 for more details.

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Notes for editors:

  • £5.4 million is being spent on the brand new effluent treatment plant.
  • £1.4 million is being spent on the new gas boilers.
  • Construction work is being undertaken by local firm - Evan Pritchard Contractors Ltd.
  • £9 million of previous investments is made up of £3 million on new cheese making equipment, £3.3 million on whey processing upgrade, and £2.7 million on new cheese packing equipment.
  • Haverfordwest Creamery employs 70 local staff and processes the milk from 300 local dairy farms.

For media enquiries, please contact the First Milk communications team:

Lee Truelove
Head of Communications
First Milk Limited

E: leetruelove@firstmilk.co.uk
M: 07767 241507
T:  01544 318794

About First Milk

First Milk is the UK's only major dairy company which is 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.

The company generates annual revenues of £530 million (2012/13 figures) and is headquartered in Glasgow with eight manufacturing sites across England, Scotland and Wales employing a total of 667 people.

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 to industry challenges.

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

A copy of First Milk's sustainability report is also available to download via its website, www.firstmilk.co.uk/sustainability

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