MEADOW Foods, the UK’s largest independent dairy and leading supplier of milk-based dairy ingredients to the food industry, has secured consent for a major expansion of its milk processing and butter production facility in Chester.
The strategic planning committee at Cheshire West and Chester Council voted unanimously to grant permission for more than 5,300sq m of additional processing and storage facilities.
Currently the site manages about 400 million litres of milk per year, sourced from about 300 dairy farmers from across the region.
The expansion will enhance the site’s capabilities, processes and storage space, allowing the business to continue to grow. The development is also expected to generate up to 100 new jobs in the region.
Simon Chantler, executive chairman at Meadow Foods, said: “It’s good news for the local area as it not only secures a significant number of new jobs but also provides an outlet for local dairy farmers and expands our manufacturing capabilities.”
Meadow Foods operates from factories in Chester, Peterborough and Holme-on-Spalding Moor and its products include cream, butter, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate crumb and cultured products.
The company, founded in 1992, now employs more than 250 people and has a turnover in excess of £340m.