Ballymena Dale Farm plant opens

Pennybridge, Ballymena, Northern Ireland: Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster opened dairy processing firm Dale Farm’s new milk and cream plant – the site includes a new chilled distribution centre.

The site at Pennybridge is the result of a £10 million investment by Dale Farm and Nampak, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, and is part of an overall £39million investment in Dale Farm’s three local production sites announced in 2010.

The new facility includes new high speed milk and cream filling lines, a new in-plant plastic bottle blow moulding facility and a new chilled distribution centre.

Foster said: “This state-of-the-art facility, which is now the company’s chilled distribution hub for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, will significantly strengthen Dale Farm’s capacity and capability to compete in export markets.”

Dale Farm is the largest dairy processing company in Northern Ireland, processing over 400 million litres of milk annually.

David Dobbin, Dale Farm’s group chief executive, says: “This major upgrade of our Pennybridge facility means that Dale Farm now operates one of the most modern dairies in the British Isles, ensuring that we can continue to compete successfully against international competitors.”