The investment is part of a total £85 million programme which will see the Davidstow site processing an additional 200 million litres of milk every year and an increase in cheese production to a maximum capacity of 77,000 tonnes.
The Chief Executive, Mark Allen, said the extra £75 million would be a real confidence boost to employees, with farmers also being able to invest in their businesses and increase productivity. The investment will also see the Davidstow plant becoming self-sufficient in water use by reducing usage and increasing recycling. A solar farm will also be installed to provide electricity to the site, equivalent to enough power for 400 homes.
Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy, said the investment would give a lot of certainty to farmers who want to plan for the long term.
Scott Mann said:
“This is fantastic news and a real confidence boost for the 200 employees at Davidstow, all their dairy farmers and supply chain businesses. Farming can be an uncertain industry and this is exactly the sort of news which will give them the confidence to invest in their businesses and plan for the long term.
“Dairy Crest is one of North Cornwall’s biggest employers and produces some of the UK’s leading brands which we can be very proud of. This investment not only secures 200 jobs but also all the jobs which indirectly rely on Davidstow through supply chains and those who are employed on the 330 farms which supply milk for the site.”