Dairy Concepts clinches multi-million euro contract with M&S, creates five new jobs

(L-R) Eddie Murphy, country director, M&S Ireland and Northern Ireland and Tom Brennan, CEO, Dairy Concepts pictured at Dairy Concepts operations facility in Fermoy, Co. Cork. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Dairy snack company wins multi-million contract to supply over 580 M&S stores across UK & Ireland



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26 June 2024

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Dairy Concepts has clinched a significant international contract with leading retailer Marks & Spencer, creating five new jobs.

The Fermoy based dairy firm’s deal includes the launch of a new high-protein, gluten-free, dairy snack range, developed in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, under the brand name M&S Cheese Clouds, which will be sold in 580 M&S stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

Eddie Murphy, country director for Marks & Spencer Ireland and Northern Ireland, commented: “At M&S, we’re growing our partnerships with Irish suppliers to offer our customers quality Irish products, sourced locally and sold across the UK and Ireland.

“The launch of the innovative M&S Cheese Clouds range in partnership with Dairy Concepts marks a real milestone for both companies and shows the potential for more opportunities across our Irish supply chain.”

About M&S Cheese Clouds

M&S Cheese Clouds are a high protein snack – 8g protein per 20g pack – developed as a healthy crunchy alternative to traditional snacks like crisps and nuts.

Leveraging its dairy product research and development expertise, and state-of-the-art technology at its 10,000 sq. manufacturing facility in Fermoy, Co Cork, Dairy Concepts explained that it crafts these snacks by combining premium Irish Cheddar with a unique vacuum-cooking process.

Importantly, these snacks have been developed in such a way as to not require refrigeration or special storage conditions and can be conveniently stored at room temperature, remaining fresh for an extended period, it added.

This characteristic ‘ensures an extended shelf life and reduced storage requirements for retailers, facilitating seamless exports and appealing to a broader customer base seeking convenient, shelf-stable snack options’.

‘Significant partnership’

Tom Brennan, CEO of Dairy Concepts, emphasised the significance of the partnership with Marks & Spencer.

“For Dairy Concepts, becoming a supplier for M&S signifies a significant endorsement of our innovative product development, operational standards, and product quality,” he stated.

“With value-added dairy snack products made from a minimum of 98% cheese, this domestic and export partnership really supports Irish farmers and contributes to the growth of the wider Irish dairy industry.”

Looking ahead

Dairy Concepts and M&S highlighted that they are planning further expansion in the partnership with plans for new product development, including a new flavour variant and larger pack sizes scheduled for launch in early 2025.

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