Graham’s the Family Dairy has opened a new £1.5m logistics facility depot at the Midmill Business Park, Kintore in Aberdeenshire.
The development not only enables Graham’s to deliver more locally-produced milk to an increasing number of local people throughout the North East but will also safeguard 30 jobs in the region.
Following a summer of construction, the regional facility is now fully operational and includes a large refrigerated warehouse, offices, parking and workshop space.
This activity follows Graham’s acquisition of milk and dairy production specialists, Mitchells in Aberdeenshire in 2014.
Graham’s main processing site is at their home in Bridge of Allan. They have a further dairy and yogurt production facility in Nairn, and a soft cheese and ice cream site in Cowdenbeath, Fife, alongside a national logistics network including facilities in Glasgow, Fife, Angus and Aberdeen. Graham’s is committed to growing Scotland’s dairy industry through processing and product development so that Scotland is better placed to deliver Scottish products for Scottish consumers and further afield.
Robert Graham, MD of Graham’s The Family Dairy, said: “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. 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.
“Following the First Minister’s recent announcement of the Programme for Government, we fully support the drive for investing in innovation, R&D and career pathways. As a third-generation Scottish family dairy business, 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.
“Our strategic proposals for a national dairy processing and Research and Development facility in Stirling, which are currently with the Scottish Government for approval, represent the largest single investment in the sector in over 30 years. The project would create 450 new jobs and 50 apprenticeships, enabling a step change in investment within the food and drink sector.”