First Milk upping cheese capacity

First Milk upping cheese capacity

First Milk has announced further investments in its Haverfordwest Creamery in a bid to build capacity over the next two years.

The UK company is spending nearly GBP7m (US$11.4m) to build a new effluent treatment plant and install new boilers which burn natural gas. The move will reduce CO2 emissions by 3,500 tonnes a year, the company said.

First Milk added it is planning further investments in the site in 2014 and 2015, including increasing capacity to meet "growing demand" for cheese. As part of this investment drive, the group added it is recruiting new milk suppliers.

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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

Original source: First Milk