Dale Farm have opened a new £20 million cheese and whey processing facility near Cookstown.
The factory opened by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe and forms part of a £39 million investment supported by Invest Northern Ireland, part funded under the European Regional Development Fund.
Speaking at the announcement the Minister said: “This new operation is a massive vote of confidence in the future of the dairy industry by Dale Farm. It will enable our largest dairy business to expand sales outside Northern Ireland with cheese sales mainly into Great Britain and Northern Europe and whey protein sales to China and worldwide.
The Minister also highlighted how Dale Farm is providing leadership to the dairy industry by focusing on product innovation and investing in its supply chain.
Arlene Foster continued: “This ambitious and progressive company is developing the scale necessary to enable it to compete in global markets such as China, Russia and Africa, markets in which it is developing good business for its cheese, whey protein and specialist milk powders.”
Dr David Dobbin, Dale Farm Group Chief Executive, said: “Our £39million investment programme has transformed Dale Farm’s product range and production capability, enabling us to compete successfully on a global scale.
“We are achieving sales growth of over 30% this year and winning new business with growing sales across the British Isles and in key export markets such as China, Russia the Middle East and Africa.”