South Caernarfon Creameries is ramping up its operations with the creation of a new cheese production facility.
The company is investing £8.5 million into the development which will help to generate ten jobs while safeguarding a further 90. It will be situated on the company's existing site in Chwilog, north Wales, and allows it to nearly double its capacity from 9,500 tonnes to 17,000 tonnes. Work is expected to begin over the coming months with the company expecting the facility to be up and running by summer 2015.
It will take place over two phases with the first increasing production to 11,000 tonnes at a cost of £6 million while the final part will add the remaining 6,000 tonnes, costing £2.5 million. South Caernarfon Creameries explained that the new facility will be both efficient and flexible while also being the best in its class. It is also in line with the company's growth plans and will appeal to new and existing customers alike.
Speaking about the new facility, Alan Wyn-Jones, managing director of the company, said: "This is a very exciting period in the next development phase of our business and we are extremely grateful to our customers and members for their continued support. We are also grateful to the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Welsh Assembly government for their support to this project."
The company is Wales' oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operative having first opened its doors in 1938. It boasts a range of products in cheese and butter with Dragon cheese being its most famous brand. Over the year, the Dragon range has had to be expanded to accommodate the changing tastes of consumers and is available is a variety of cheddars as well as a Red Leicester, Double Gloucester and, of course, the company's signature Welsh Caerphilly.