Campaign fails to save creamery from closure
Kintyre farmers’ hopes of saving Campbeltown Creamery died yesterday as First Milk announced its intention to close the plant.
Last month local dairy farmers launched a crowdfunding campaign to save the creamery and its Mull of Kintyre cheddar brand, but despite a wave of national support, they failed to secure a financially-viable long-term business plan.
Campbeltown Creamery was put on sale by farmers’ co-operative, First Milk in
April 2018 and despite efforts in the last 18 months, no buyer came forward.
The chairman of the Kintyre steering group, James Barbour, said there had been enthusiasm from farmers to secure the site’s future, and support from First Milk, the Scottish Government, the community and a successful crowd-funding campaign.
A consultation with staff is under way, with 14 jobs at risk.
Kintyre farmer John Smith, chairman of the farmers’ union’s dairy committee, said: “It is regrettable that the Mull of Kintyre brand that we have passionately supported will now no longer be available.
“That is due to the harsh, economic reality of processing milk in an incredibly tough dairy industry that has witnessed so many casualties at both farm and processing level in recent times.”
But Mr Smith said local dairy farmers, all of whom are members of the First Milk co-operative, would still have their milk collected.