South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales’ leading farmer owned dairy co-operative
Daily Post Business Awards 2017
South Caernarfon Creameries is pleased to have been shortlisted for the Business of the Year award at the Daily Post Business Awards 2017.
These prestigious business awards celebrate and highlight success
stories from the North Wales business community. South Caernarfon
Creameries successfully demonstrated outstanding business performance as
well as giving evidence of a strong financial position, excellent
business achievements and stand out initiatives.
The application verified the success the creamery has had and key highlights being:
In early 2015 SCC embarked on a major £12 million capital investment
programme that included the construction of the first purpose-built
cheese production facility in the UK since the early 1970’s. The
facility was opened officially by HRH The Prince of Wales
in July 2016. As a result of this investment production capacity
increased by a third. The company also completely redeveloped its cheese
packing plant in order to deliver new retailer national contracts. This
investment has ensured that SCC has one of the most efficient and
flexible cheese production and packing plants in the UK.
A further £1 million investment has been committed in 2017 for cheese
grating equipment which will improve flexible packing formats.
Sales & Profitability
Sales volume for the year significantly increased brought about by
the efficiencies of the new investments and the success in gaining high
margin quality customers.
Due to global market volatility, several years ago SCC made a
strategic decision to move out of commodity traded cheese and to align
its products to specific added value customer contracts. This commercial
strategy has been successful and attributed to the major investment
made in production and packing facilities and major new supply contracts
with both Sainsbury’s and Lidl. SCC already supplies many of the key
retailers in Wales due to the strength of its Dragon Cheese & Butter
The new contracts gained by major retailers has led to the creation
of 30 new full-time jobs with an estimated contribution of an additional
£750k per annum to the local economy.
During the year the creamery has been recognised with many product
quality awards that include accolades at, amongst others, World Cheese
Awards, Global Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards. The
Creamery was also recognised at many industry awards:
Winner of Made in Wales Food & Drink Award 2016
Winner of Food Today Industry Awards – Best Dairy Product 2016
Winner The Food Awards Wales – Dairy Food Provider of the Year 2017
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 30th November
at Bangor University who are joint headline sponsors of the awards with
the Welsh Government. As well as attending the ceremony and being
shortlisted, South Caernarfon Creameries is sponsoring the cheese course
at dinner. Guests will be able to sample Dragon Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar and Dragon Vintage Cheddar with Leeks. The farmer-owned co-operative has also donated a hamper for the raffle, with proceeds to local charity Ty Gobaith.