Belfast Telegraph

Dale Farm reveals £4m Africa exports

By Lesley Houston

Dairy processor Dale Farm has announced export orders to Africa exceeding £4m.

The deal was sealed for the local processor's range of enriched milk powders and follows its participation in a recent food exhibition in Germany.

Strong sales of the firm's enriched milk powders have been bolstered by deals like that secured at the Anuga International Food Exhibition when the company was part of a delegation headed by Invest NI.

The African contract follows a recent £40m investment in Dale Form's local processing plants. The massive outlay has been vindicated by growing domestic and export sales in a number of new whey and milk powder based nutritional products.

David Dobbin Dale Farm's group chief executive said: "The high quality of Northern Ireland milk and dairy products means that international buyers have confidence in our products.

"Our initial meeting with this customer took place at the Gulfood Exhibition in Dubai earlier this year, which we also attended with Invest Northern Ireland. That initial lead has resulted in this week's export contract at the Anuga show to supply over £4m of enriched milk powders to countries including Angola and Congo."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said Anuga was "one of the most prestigious international food exhibitions, providing access to suppliers and key industry decision makers making it a key part of Invest NI's trade calendar".

Dale Farm sells to over 45 countries worldwide including China, Russia, the Middle East, North Africa and Southern America.

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