Sustainable site conversion to create 100 dairy jobs

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A £20m cheese project is set to create 100 jobs in Anglesey with support from Welsh Government funding.

The £3m grant from the Business Innovation and Tourism Escalator Scheme (BITES) will see the Mona Island Dairy factory run solely on renewable electricity.

The funding will support production of Welsh and continental cheeses at the 25,000 sq ft facility, based on Mona Industrial Park, Holyhead.

Additional money in the form of loans and equity will contribute to the £20m site conversion, which is due for completion this September.

When finished, the factory will be the most modern anywhere on the continent, capable of producing 7,000 tons of cheese a year.

Managing director Ronald Akkerman said the move will see turnover rise to £25m by 2022 and set new standards for the industry, as they look to blend innovative and traditional methods to create Cheddar, Gouda, Edam and a range of artisan cheeses using milk from local farms, overseen by chairman David Wynne-Finch.

He added: “This is the largest new development in the food sector in North Wales this year and is attracting an enormous amount of interest across the dairy and cheese industry in the UK and Europe.”

The minister responsible for rural affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This is excellent news for Holyhead, Anglesey and the wider area.  It is good to see that milk from local farms will be used in the production of the cheese which will be a boost for the dairy industry, and it is great to see the measures taken to minimize the impact on the environment.”

Meanwhile, Dr Graham Jackson, from Wrexham Glyndwr University Business School, has joined the board of Mona Island Dairy as director with responsibility for strategic development and corporate governance.

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