LACTALIS MCLELLAND, producer of the Seriously Strong, Galloway and McLelland cheese brands, has been awarded both the brand and retailer own brand cheddar tender for Co-op. 
The deal will see a range of Seriously Strong cheddar – produced, cut and packed at the firm's dairy in Stranraer – listed in Co-op stores from April 2017, while Lactalis McLelland will start supplying own brand product later this year.
Sales director Mike Chatters said: "We are delighted to be awarded this tender with one of the UK’s leading convenience retailers. It is a fantastic platform for our Seriously Strong brand, given the Co-op’s extensive network of convenience stores throughout the UK. It’s also great for our dairy in Stranraer and its community. We look forward to working closely with Co-op to deliver a great tasting range of branded and own brand cheese for its shoppers.”
Co-op category trading manager Calum Kirk said: “Co-op is very happy to be working in partnership with Lactalis McClelland to support the Seriously Strong brand, and later in the year, to help us provide a high quality, Co-op own brand cheddar, building on the success we have continued to see in our cheese range. Co-op is very proud to support British Dairy Farming and we know that our customers in the communities we serve will be as delighted with our products as we are.”