Brexit impact opens door for dairy

The Lactalis plant in Stranraer
The Lactalis plant in Stranraer

Brexit plans may be proving controversial but a Stranraer dairy has made it open doors for its products.

Lactalis, owner of the Caledonian Cheese Company and McLelland Cheese Packing, has agreed deals to supply own label and branded products such as Seriously Strong Cheddar across France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, North America and South Africa.

This means that locally produced products will be sold in stores such as Carrefour and Casino in Europe, Walmart in the USA, Coles in Australia and Woolworths, one of the largest retailers in South Africa.

Group MD Mark Taylor said: “Export markets provide a significant opportunity for Lactalis, partly as a result of the weakening of sterling.

“But importantly by using the Groups network to reach new customers the company now has a presence in over 140 countries and predicts many further opportunities for growth.

“This is part of our on-going strategy to utilise the opportunities available from being part of the largest cheese manufacturer in the world to grow value added export sales.

“Being able to trade internationally offers us the ability to mitigate risk and access the best return in the total market, not solely the UK, which supports our ability to pay our farmers a sustainable milk price.”