Muller Wiseman Dairies is to close its Cornwall depot as part of the relocation of its milk distribution.
The company stated that the Pensilva will be gradually shut down over the summer months as its moves operation to its Somerset facility in Bridgwater. The decision will result in 58 jobs being lost in Cornwall but it has reassured customers that the supply of milk between the county and Devon would be unaffected. It stated that there would also be no impact on dairy farmers across the region.
Muller Wiseman explained that the decision to close Pensilva was promoted by a significant decrease in the amount of milk supplied by the Cornwall depot. It also cited changing requirements by its customers which made it no longer viable to have operations continuing in the county.
Carl Ravenhall, managing director of Muller Wiseman Dairies, praised the work of all members of staff at the Pensilva depot, adding that they have handled the situation "professionally and remained focused on delivery an excellent service" to its customer base. He reassured staff that they will be supported throughout the closures and work with agencies to give them access to available services.
"The whole team, together with union representatives worked extremely hard to find ways of addressing the challenges facing this depot, but unfortunately we have been unable to establish an economic basis for continuing to distribute milk from Pensilva," Mr Ravenhall added.
Muller has undergone a number of changes in the past few years. In 2012, the company was purchased by UK fresh milk firm Robert Wiseman in a deal worth around £280 million. The deal allowed Muller and Wiseman to ramp up milk distribution across the country. At the time, Wiseman provided around 30 per cent of fresh milk consumed in the UK every day.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Wiseman family, owners of 35 per cent of the company would receive a total of £98 million.