South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales’ leading farmer owned dairy co-operative
£8.5 Million Investment
South Caernarfon Creameries, Wales’ oldest farmer-owned dairy
co-operative, has announced plans for a new cheese production facility
with an investment estimated at £8.5 million.
The new facility will be on the Creamery’s site in Chwilog and will
almost double production capability, increasing capacity from the
current level of 9,500 tonnes to 17,000 tonnes. Work will start on the
new build in summer 2014 and is expected to be completed and operational
by summer 2015. The development will be phased. Phase 1 will cost £6
million and increase production to 11,000 tonnes. Phase 2, costing £2.5
million, will take production up to 17,000 tonnes. This second phase
will be implemented as South Caernarfon’s milk field grows to support
the additional capacity. The new production unit will be best in class,
efficient and flexible and will support South Caernarfon Creameries’
growth plans both with both existing and new customers. Current cheese
production will not be affected by the new-build and the existing
production unit will continue to be used until the new facility is fully
“As part of our strategic development, the Creamery initially
announced plans for future investment at the site in autumn 2013. Since
then, extensive due diligence has been carried out with the project
gaining full board approval in June. The investment plans were
communicated and discussed with our members in recent regional meetings
and confirmed at our AGM on 16th July 2014” explains Alan Wyn-Jones,
Managing Director at South Caernarfon Creameries. “This is a very
exciting period in the next development phase of our business and we are
extremely grateful to our customers and members for their continued
support. We are also grateful to the Royal Bank of Scotland and the
Welsh Assembly Government for their support to this project”.
The new facility will safeguard the existing 90 jobs and is likely to
create an additional 10 jobs upon the completion of Phase 2.
Any farmer milk suppliers interested in supplying milk to the Creamery should contact the Creamery direct.