61. United Dairy Farmers
Group chief executive: Dr David Dobbin
Pre-tax profit: £4.5m
United Dairy Farmers is a UK dairy cooperative owned by 2,000 local farmers and parent company of the province’s largest dairy processor, Dale Farm.
Dale Farm has five manufacturing locations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.
The group continued with its major investment programme in new product development, marketing and manufacturing facilities, making further investments in its cheddar cheese and whey processing facilities in Dunmanbridge near Cookstown.
In March it announced a £36m investment by Dale Farm, supported by Invest Northern Ireland that will allow Dale Farm to develop its local dairy processing activities and grow sales of existing and new products outside Northern Ireland. The investment will create 43 new jobs and safeguard the employment of 215 existing jobs out of Dale Farm’s 400-strong workforce.
Dale Farm House,
15 Dargan Road,
Tel: 028 9037 2237