Dale Farm unveils €8m cheddar processing and packing facility
18 August 2016
Following a £7 million (€8.13m) investment, Dale Farm has unveiled a new cheddar processing and packing site. The plant at Dunmanbridge, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland is understood to be one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe.
Sixty new jobs have been created by the move, which marks the latest stage of Dale Farm’s current investment programme to expand its consumer cheddar products operation.
The investment, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, will allow Dale Farm to produce a wider range of packed cheese products. In total, Invest Northern Ireland provided £548,840 of support.
Welcoming the news, Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, noted that it “will enhance the company’s competitiveness in global markets enabling it to compete for national and international contracts”.
Minister Hamilton described Dale Farm as “a great example of the many award winning, export-focused producers who are investing in innovative measures to support their growth and their continued contribution to Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food industry”.
Dale Farm group chief executive David Dobbin said the new facility would help the company “continue to deliver strong growth in our cheddar sales in both domestic and export markets, especially in the faster growing convenience segment of the market. Over the last two years we have more than doubled our sales in consumer cheese product.
“Dale Farm has a first class range of products as demonstrated by our recent success at the Nantwich International Cheese show where our Dromona and Fivemiletown cheeses won a record haul of 10 gold medals,” he added, pointing out that the development would also help to “sustain our local dairy farmers and employment”.