First Milk, a UK dairy cooperative, has said it is planning to sell off two Scottish creameries.

The facilities in Arran and Campbeltown are said by the company to no longer be a “strategic fit”.

CEO Shelagh Hancock said: “Following a strategic review, we have determined that our branded consumer-facing businesses in Campbeltown and on Arran are not a strategic fit for First Milk moving forward. 

“The review identified that there is undoubtedly a market for the premium Mull of Kintyre and Isle of Arran brands but capturing the opportunities would require significant investment for activity that is not core to our strategic direction. 

“However, we are confident that with the right focus and investment under new ownership the businesses would prosper.”

Hancock said a sale would enable the cooperative to continue with its focus on developing its creameries elsewhere in the UK, in Haverfordwest and the Lake District.

She said Campbeltown and Arran Creameries will continue to run as normal during this sale process.

“We appreciate that this decision will affect some of our colleagues, but we hope that under new ownership the sites will thrive, offering good employment prospects for the future,” she said.