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Muller vows to continue milk supply

Muller vows to continue milk supply

Muller Wiseman has announced that it has managed to safeguard its supply of fresh milk after its Hampton Lovett dairy was hit by a fire earlier this month.

The firm claims to have significantly increased its level of production for fresh milk products across its processing network, while also confirming temporary package agreements with other processors.

It claims that such measures will allow it to meet the level of demand placed on its fresh milk products until its Droitwich site is capable of resuming normal operations.

The fire at the site broke out on Monday, injuring one engineer in the process, with emergency services still unsure as to its cause, although it is not being treated as suspicious.

During the blaze, crews had to contend with structural damage to both the ceilings and the walls of the site, until the situation was brought under control.

Area commander Keith Chance, from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said that the layout of the building, combined with the intensity of the blaze, meant that the situation was "complex" for crew to initially deal with.

Droitwich was often touted as being a modern and technologically advanced dairy, with chief executive Ronald Kers claiming that it was because of its design that damage was not more extensive.

However, Mr Kers added that it would still take some time to ensure that the site was fully operational again, due to the fact that the fire had still affected some of the systems needed for it to run at full capacity.

He said: “Our priority is to keep the milk flowing to customers while we assess and repair the damage.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure service levels are as close to the exceptionally high levels our customers have come to expect.

“These measures will remain in place until such a time as the recovery plans are fully complete. We are delighted with the support we have received from our customers and colleagues throughout the company and with the assistance we are receiving from other dairy companies in Britain."

 

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