19/12/2012

Dale Farm's New Ballymena Facility Opens

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today officially opened Dale Farm’s new best-in-class milk and cream facility at Pennybridge, Ballymena.

The facility 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 facilities which was announced in 2010.

The new facility includes new high speed milk and cream filling lines, a new inplant plastic bottle blow moulding facility operated by Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd and a new chilled distribution centre.

Speaking at the official opening the Minister 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.

"It provides a cost-competitive, high-hygiene operation that will support the company's growth in sales. The inplant bottle blowing partnership with Nampak, which will increase the recycled content of the packaging and reduce the company’s carbon footprint, will also deliver major efficiency gains.

"Invest NI's support for the investment reflects its commitment, and that of my department, to supporting the Northern Ireland agri-food industry, which is one of our biggest and most important sectors."

(CD)

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