Strong cheese sales are welcome boost for West dairy sec­tor

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and Clover.

“In­no­va­tion con­tin­ues to shape the busi­ness and we have re­cently launched ex­cit­ing new prod­ucts in all of our cat­e­gories,” he ex­plained.

“We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of stay­ing ahead of the mar­ket and en­sur­ing we are meet­ing con­sumers’ needs. Food prove­nance, health and well­be­ing are core themes which we will con­tinue to fo­cus on.”

Across Dairy Crest’s other brands, vol­umes of Coun­try Life but­ter fell by 16% over the pe­riod, while rev­enue was re­duced by 4%. How­ever, the firm ex­pects an im­proved per­for­mance in the sec­ond half of the year, sup­ported by an on­pack pro­mo­tion with English Her­itage.

Sale vol­umes and rev­enue of Fry­light were down by about 20%, the fig­ures also re­vealed, with con­sumers fry­ing less dur­ing the summer heat­wave.

It comes as ear­lier this year the Bri­tish-owned firm an­nounced an £85 mil­lion in­vest­ment in grow­ing the ca­pac­ity of its cheese busi­ness, £75 mil­lion of which will be in­vested in the David­stow Cream­ery.

The in­vest­ment will en­able Dairy Crest to process an ad­di­tional 200 mil­lion litres of milk ev­ery year, in­creas­ing the com­pany’s an­nual cheese pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity from 54,000 tonnes to 77,000 tonnes over the next four to five years. The com­pany’s whey pro­duc­tion at the site, largely used for the global in­fant for­mula mar­ket, will grow pro­por­tion­ally.

This in­crease in ca­pac­ity at David­stow, which em­ploys around 200 peo­ple, will en­able Dairy Crest to re­spond to the grow­ing cheese mar­ket in the UK, in­clud­ing con­ve­nience and snack­ing prod­ucts, and on grow­ing de­mand in­ter­na­tion­ally in Europe, China, the US and the Far East.

Mr Allen added: “Our in­vest­ment at David­stow is pro­gress­ing as planned. We are pur­su­ing a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to take Cathe­dral City into new in­ter­na­tional mar­kets as well as deepen its pen­e­tra­tion into ex­ist­ing do­mes­tic chan­nels, cap­i­tal­is­ing on its sta­tus as one of the UK’s top ten brands ac­cord­ing to YouGov. We are con­fi­dent in de­liv­er­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions for the full year.”

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