UK supplier of cheese, Adams Foods, has teamed up with British farmer-owned dairy co-operative, First Milk, to establish a fully integrated supply chain for hard cheese in the UK retail, foodservice, and wholesale sectors, which it reckons will increase turnover to over £500 million.
Adams Foods is owned by the €2bn Irish dairy Board. It reckons it is the UK’s largest supplier of pre-packed hard cheese, and supplies retailers, wholesalers, and the convenience and foodservice sectors.
“This partnership not only enables us to work with a partner to deliver a short, integrated supply chain, but most importantly guarantees secure returns for our members’ milk,” said chief executive of First Milk, Kate Allum.
“Additionally, it will provide a platform for us to focus more of our time and resources in priority growth areas like brand development, lifestyle nutrition and exports.”
The new partnership will see Adams Foods cut, pack, and market 50,000 tonnes of hard cheese at its Leek facility, in Staffordshire, which has been produced at First Milk’s Lake District and Haverfordwest creameries.
Adams Foods will take responsibility for the sales and marketing of this cheese, while First Milk will continue to manage the sales and marketing of its products to export markets.