£14.4 Million Investment

South Caernarfon Creameries is pleased to announce a three-year £14.4 million expansion plan to increase cheese production by 50 per cent and create new jobs by 2024. The investment by South Caernarfon Creameries is being backed by the Welsh Government with a £5 million grant through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The dairy plans to increase production from its current level of 15,000 tons of cheese a year to 23,000 tons and the growth is projected to increase demand for Welsh milk, from the current level of 130 million to more than 200 million litres a year as turnover ramps up.

This investment follows on from the first phase in 2016 and the next phase of the business growth strategy will make it even more resilient, efficient and sustainable in what is a ferociously competitive industry.

Managing Director Alan Wyn-Jones said: “South Caernarfon creameries has grown strongly in recent years with our sales doubling in the last five years from £30m to £60m. We are not interested in growing for growing’s sake. Our plan is all about making us even more competitive and profitable and so more resilient and sustainable for the future.”

The £14.4 million project will include new facilities for milk reception, additional cheese production and packing lines and a new whey processing facility. Investment is also planned for effluent treatment and improving its environmental and energy performance.