Four Welsh politicians have been on a fact-finding mission at First Milk's award-winning Haverfordwest creamery.
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Brynle Williams AM; Shadow Finance Minister Nick Ramsay AM; Welsh Assembly member William Graham and prospective European Parliament candidate for Wales, Evan Price visited the creamery to build their understanding of the business and learn more about the creamery's award-winning Pembrokeshire Cheese Company brand.
They were welcomed to the site by First Milk farmer directors Mansel Raymond and Richard Twose, as well as site manager, Vic Clarke.
All four politicians have a keen interest in the success of the creamery, which has worked closely with the Welsh Assembly Government, most recently receiving a £1.2m grant to part –fund the installation of new whey processing equipment.
The creamery, with 62 employees, receives milk from 300 First Milk Welsh dairy farmers, all located within a 35-mile radius of the Merlin's Bridge site.
The four politicians heard details of the success of the Pembrokeshire Cheese Company brand as well as the creamery's plans for the future, before touring the creamery and then sampling some of the award-winning cheese.
"The creamery plays an important role in the rural economy of west Wales and we are delighted to welcome politicians to the site to further their understanding of our business and our links within the community," said site manager, Vic Clarke.
Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, Brynle Williams AM, said: "I was delighted to see first hand a farming co-operative successfully promoting a truly Welsh product. Furthermore, it was clear to see what an asset the creamery it is to the local community".
European candidate Evan Price , added: "It is wonderful to see a project supported successfully by Welsh and European regeneration funds. This sort of project, where people are co-operating to support their industry and their community, is just the sort of initiative these funds should be used to support."
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