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First Milk Announces Proposed Changes at Scottish Creameries

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First Milk Announces Proposed Changes at Scottish Creameries

First Milk Announces Proposed Changes at Scottish Creameries
July 18
14:42 2019

First Milk, the UK dairy co-operative, has announced the commencement of employee consultation about proposed changes at its Scottish Creameries. The Scottish Creameries were put up for sale in April 2018 when First Milk announced that its Campbeltown and Arran Creameries were not core to its business strategy for the future.

Despite significant effort over the last twelve months, it has not been possible to conclude the sale of the Arran site. As a result, First Milk has commenced employee consultation about its proposed intention to close the Arran Creamery.

First Milk can also confirm that it is in discussions with its local Kintyre farmer members, with the active involvement of the Scottish Government, which will hopefully conclude with the Campbeltown Creamery being owned by the local farmers. It is envisaged that the farmers will form a new co-operative who will operate the creamery independently of First Milk.

Due to the ongoing economic performance of the Campbeltown site, and in anticipation that the scale of the operation is likely to change under this new ownership, First Milk has commenced consultation with colleagues at Campbeltown about proposals to scale down the operation.

Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk, comments: “We are deeply disappointed that it has not been possible to conclude a sale of Arran Creamery. We remain hopeful that it will be possible to secure the future of the Campbeltown Creamery in the ownership of the local farmers and the proposed changes that we have announced today will help with that.

“We fully appreciate that these developments have significant consequences for colleagues at the Creameries and the local community, but it is important that we act in the best interest of the wider business and our farmer members and continue with the solid progress we have made in strengthening and developing First Milk. We regret the impact this decision will have on our colleagues and are committed to treating those affected fairly and with consideration during this difficult time.”

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