Dale Farm signs UK-wide cheese deal with Greggs
Dale Farm has announced a major three-year contract to supply cheese to food retailer Greggs.
The largest UK farmer-owned dairy cooperative, it will supply Northern Ireland-made cheddar for Greggs' range of sandwiches and pizzas in its 1,969 stores.
Greggs has opened a number of outlets since setting up in the province just over four years ago.
The announcement was made ahead of the start of the Balmoral Show today.
Dale Farm Group commercial director Stephen Cameron said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Greggs as its supplier of choice for cheese.
"The contract is proof of the excellence of our product and a significant development for our cheese business.
"Having the trust of a major food-on-the-go retailer such as Greggs is also testament to the high quality of milk used to make our cheese, which comes into Dale Farm through our network of 1,300 hard-working dairy farmers across the UK."
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Alan Honeyman, head of procurement at Greggs, added: "We are looking forward to working with Dale Farm, whose excellent reputation for product quality, provenance and sustainability make this a strategic choice for Greggs, as we remain committed to offering good, honest food that our customers can trust, at affordable prices."
Dale Farm said that he contract represents the latest in a series of major cheese supply partnerships secured by the dairy company in its core markets. Last year it sealed the biggest ever deal by a Northern Ireland agri-food business to become Lidl's global supplier for cheddar cheese.
The co-op also reported a 24% jump in revenue to £481m last year, with its pre-tax profits rising to £10.1m.
Greggs opened its 16th store in Northern Ireland in Omagh during February.