Meadow Foods signs up Rock Farm Dairy sites

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independent dairy, has signed up more than 17 farms from Rock Farm Dairy after the Durham based dairy announced its closure. The North Yorkshire farmers, who currently produce more than 11m litres of milk, will start to supply Meadow Foods from as early as 16 July 2014.

Late last month, Rock Farm Dairy told its dairy farmers it had ceased trading and that their contracts would not be renewed. Meadow Foods was able to step in and buy the milk to provide further supplies to the company’s Holme-on-Spalding-Moor factory that produces the business’ sweetened dairy products including condensed milk and chocolate crumb.

Meadow Foods’ milk procurement director Jim Bebb, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to secure the supply from these farms and create an ex-farm milk field for our Holme-on-Spalding-Moor site in Yorkshire. We now aim to build on this position and secure additional farms in the area to further extend our presence in Yorkshire and the North East.”

The new farms will take Meadow Food’s total milk supply to more than 610m litres, coming from nearly 660 farms, and extends the company’s reach from South Wales to the Midlands and now across the entire North of England.

Meadow Foods operates from factories in Chester, Peterborough and Holme-on-Spalding Moor. Their products include cream, butter, sweetened condensed milk, anhydrous milk fat, chocolate crumb and cultured products. The company, founded in 1992, now employs more than 250 people and has a turnover in excess of £400m.

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