Groupe Lactalis, the global leader in cheese, has made a commitment to significantly lower energy costs and CO2 emissions at The Caledonian Cheese Company in Stranraer. The commitment will save 2,000 tons of CO2 a year, the equivalent of 5.7m blocks of Seriously Strong cheddar.
The group will be working in partnership with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) developer, BasePower, who will oversee the installation and operation of the new heating systems, which will reduce energy usage, improve sustainability and dramatically lower emissions in the area.
Mark Taylor, Group Managing Director, Lactalis McLelland said: “With growing competition and uncertain investment in UK energy infrastructure, we are delighted to be partnering with BasePower on this project. We believe it will help us maintain competitive product pricing for our customers, whilst also helping us to demonstrate our commitment to positive environmental change. ”
George Fowkes, Director, BasePower added: “This project at The Caledonian Cheese Company site is a perfect example of how food and drink manufacturers can really deliver energy cost savings and make a difference. We are looking forward to working with Lactalis on their next stage of development as Scotland’s most innovative dairy manufacturer.”
The Caledonian Cheese Company’s brand portfolio includes Seriously Strong Cheddar, McLelland Mature Cheddar and Galloway Scottish Cheddar, as well as several private label brands for leading UK food retailers. The roll out at the headquarters in Stranraer is set to be completed by December 2016.