Graham’s the Family Dairy has officially opened a new £1.5million milk logistics facility in the north-east of Scotland.
The company, which is Scotland’s largest independent dairy firm, has invested £1.5million in the new facility at the Mid- hill Business Park, near Kintore.
Investment in the new site, which includes a large refrigerated warehouse, offices, parking and workshop space, was made following the company’s acquisition of milk and dairy production specialists Mitchells in 2014.
“Opening in Aberdeenshire represents a significant investment for us in the north-east economy, with the construction of a first-class facility and safeguarding of 30 local jobs,” said managing director Robert Graham.
“Strong local provenance across our product range is important to us and we’re pleased to be supplying milk from our farmers in Moray and Aberdeenshire across the area via this new site. We’re sure our customers will be pleased too.”
Graham’s runs its main milk processing site at its headquarters in Bridge of Allan. It also runs milk processing factories in Nairn and Cowdenbeath, Fife, as well as other logistics sites in Glasgow, Fife and Angus.
It is currently seeking government approval to build a new national dairy processing and research facility in Stirling, which it claims would be the largest single investment in the Scottish dairy sector in more than 30 years.
Mr Graham said: “It is clear to us that investment in processing capacity, new products, skills development and international exports will contribute enormously to building a resilient economy in these unprecedented and volatile times. The project would create 450 new jobs and 50 apprenticeships, enabling a step change in investment within the food and drink sector.”