Farmer-owned co-operative First Milk will invest £9 million at its Lake District Creamery, in Aspatria, which takes milk from a number of producers in the Eden area.
The investment at the Lake District Creamery will see new high capacity cheese block formers installed, as well as new water, milk, cream and whey handling processes.
This marks the fourth stage of a multi-year investment totalling around £14 million at the Lake District site since 2019, which has seen major upgrades including a new rapid chill store and improvements to milk processing equipment.
A further £3.5 million investment of £3.5 at First Milk’s Haverfordwest Creamery will see a new chilled water plant delivered, as well as a significant upgrade to the whey process.
This comes on the back of an £8 million investment in the Haverfordwest site, completed last year, which included a new cheese tower, separators and additional milk silos, as well as the installation of a combined heat and power plant.
Overall, the £30 million investment over the last three years will take the processing capacity of both sites up by more than 20 per cent.
First Milk chief executive Shelagh Hancock said: “We are committed to investing in our processing facilities to continuously drive operational efficiency, product quality and sustainability.
“This investment programme will unlock additional capacity, whilst helping us further enhance our award-winning product quality.
“What’s more, this capital spend enables us to reduce energy and water use, helping us to meet our ambitious First4Milk environmental targets and reinforcing our commitment to sustainable dairy.
“Including these new projects, we will have invested around £30 million in our cheese production sites since 2018, ensuring our business is resilient and well placed to meet the growing demand from our customers across the world, helping us to further improve the returns to our farmer members for the long-term.”