Cam­paign fails to save cream­ery from clo­sure

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY NANCY NI­COL­SON

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.

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