Dairy Crest set to be taken over

22 February 2019, 15:29

Cornwall factory

A Canadian dairy giant is set to buy Dairy Crest in a deal worth £975m.

The firm has a number of sites in the UK including a creamery in Davidstow and packing factory in Frome.

Dairy Crest is best known for making products like Clover margarine, Country Life butter and Cathedral City cheddar.

It also spends £150m a year buying milk from around 330 farms across Devon and Cornwall.

The Unite union is seeking an urgent meeting with Saputo to get reassurances over jobs.

Unite national officer for the food industry Sue Pollard said: ''Unite is cautiously optimistic that Saputo is seeking to develop Dairy Crest’s operation in the UK over the long-term.

''Unite is now seeking an urgent meeting with the senior management at Saputo to receive detailed information about the company’s plans and secure assurances about employment levels and a commitment to maintaining an existing plants.''