Green light for First Milk’s Campbeltown creamery
DESPITE a site sale deal with Tesco falling through, First Milk has announced its planned new cheese-making facility in Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre is going ahead.
Instead of selling the existing creamery site to Tesco - who say the numbers originally worked out in 2008 no longer stack up – First Milk will install a brand new manufacturing facility on the existing site.
The Scottish Government has agreed to back the latest proposal, as it had the original plan, and will provide grant funding up to £2m which is understood to be the same percentage equivalent as before.
The agreement effectively secures the future of 38 dairy farms and 100 jobs on the peninsula. And communications director at First Milk Paul Flanagan, said there would be virtually no difference in cost for First Milk.
“The new factory will allow for increased production and provide processing efficiencies which cannot be achieved at the current plant and the cost for us will be pretty much the same,” he said.
Chief executive Kate Allum said the co-operative had remained “absolutely committed” to its farmers on Kintyre, to the creamery and to the development of First Milk’s renowned Mull of Kintyre brand.
“We have met with farmers and employees in Campbeltown to inform them of these developments, and agreed to work as one team alongside the Scottish Government to develop a long term sustainable future for the dairy industry on Kintyre.
“Finally, I want to put on record our thanks to Richard Lochhead and the Scottish Government. We greatly value their support over the last few years and their continuing commitment to this project.”