In a significant step towards providing ‘fully Welsh’ milk to the public, Pembrokeshire Creamery has established the first milk processing plant in Wales. This milestone supports the aim of delivering authentically Welsh milk to consumers.

The creamery stands out as the only liquid milk facility in Wales accredited by BRCGS, positioning it uniquely to supply Welsh milk to major retailers.

Historically, Welsh milk had to be transported to England for bottling before being shipped back to Welsh stores. Pembrokeshire Creamery’s new facility eliminates this inefficiency, reducing food miles, increasing supply chain productivity, and strengthening local farming communities.

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The new facility has generated approximately 80 jobs and boasts the capability to bottle over one million litres of milk each week. Recently, Pembrokeshire Creamery secured considerable contracts to supply own-branded milk to Asda and Lidl stores throughout Wales.

Upon reaching full operational capacity, the dairy is projected to supply around two million litres of milk weekly.

Financial backing from the Welsh government has been crucial, with £5m granted through the Food Business Investment Scheme and an additional £1.4m from the Food Business Accelerator Scheme. HSBC has also provided funding support, contributing to the nearly £20m investment in the facility.

The creamery has announced plans to develop a second milk processing line and automated trolley fillers, responding to the increasing demand for locally sourced milk.

Mark McQuade, the managing director of Pembrokeshire Creamery, stated: “We’re creating new markets with major retailers for authentic Welsh milk which in turn is helping us complete our mission to deliver sustainably sourced Welsh milk. We are already committing to more investment and increasing our capacity - and we would like to thank all of the people locally, our staff and suppliers, who have supported us as we’ve built and opened our new state-of-the-art facility.”