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Müller Confirms £15 Million Investment in Scotland

Müller Confirms £15 Million Investment in Scotland
June 03
09:39 2016

Müller Milk & Ingredients has confirmed that it will invest £15 million in its dairy at Bellshill to create Scotland’s fresh milk and ingredients centre of excellence. The investment over the next three years in Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy will include a new cream filling hall, high speed production lines, expansion of site processing capabilities and investment in site infrastructure to modernise the dairy and improve efficiencies and competitiveness, whilst giving the dairy the capability to broaden the range of products it is able to make with milk produced by Scottish farmers. Müller is also continuing to investigate further opportunities to grow its business in Scotland as it seeks to build a diverse dairy business in the UK.

Following consultation Müller has confirmed that it will close its smaller dairies in East Kilbride and Aberdeen, both of which are operating well below full utilisation. The Müller Milk & Ingredients leadership team worked closely with employees and their representatives, farmers, farming groups, and political representatives during the consultation period before arriving at this decision. A total of 225 posts are affected across the Aberdeen and East Kilbride sites.

The business will wind down operations at its Aberdeen dairy as soon as is reasonably practical, expected to be mid-June. Operations at East Kilbride dairy will continue for the next 18-24 months to allow time to transfer production lines across to Bellshill.

Andrew McInnes (pictured), managing director of Müller Milk & Ingredients, says: “We recognise that this change will affect our colleagues at both sites and farmers in the North East but this announcement is a key step towards building a sustainable, diverse and future focused dairy business in Scotland and the UK. Unfortunately the status quo was not sustainable within our Scottish dairy network, with both Aberdeen and East Kilbride dairies operating well-below capacity. By investing in Bellshill we will be better able to optimise the value in the milk we buy from dairy farmers.”

Müller has agreed to offer all 43 farmers supplying the Aberdeen dairy the opportunity to continue supplying the business if they wish to do so, conditional to a 1.75ppl charge which reflects the cost of transporting the milk they produce from Aberdeen to Bellshill for processing.

Farmers who do not wish to continue supplying Müller will avoid this transport charge and their contracts will terminate on expiry of 12 months’ notice, giving them time to make alternative arrangements for their milk production.

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