South Caernarfon Creameries takes top Welsh Food & Drink Award
It continues to be an award-winning year for South Caernarfon Creameries who have now scooped the Made in Wales Food & Drink Award 2016. The Award recognises the food or drink company in Wales that has made the biggest impact taking into account innovation, use of Welsh products, added value, and commercial success.
Judges learnt of South Caernarfon Creameries’ recent multi-million pound investment of a new cheese production facility and how the new unit had enabled the company’s capacity to increase by 25 per cent and also secured 100 jobs. One Judge said “They’ve moved from being a commodity producer to an innovative producer, a huge undertaking”.
Alan Wyn-Jones, Managing Director at South Caernarfon Creameries said “We are all delighted to have been awarded the Made in Wales Food & Drink Award as it recognises the investment that we have made in both the industry and local economy. It’s currently a very challenging period for both milk producers and processors, and we took the bold step to invest for the future.”
“We now have best-in-class production facilities that supports our growth strategy. From the outset the new facility will be close to full production having secured new large retailer contracts and we have plans to extend work with other key customers and further develop product innovation. ”
“The company is very much on a journey and we have made good progress in recent years but there remains plenty to do. The focus now is very much on ensuring that the investments made delivers for the benefit of our members and staff. “
South Caernarfon Creameries received the Made in Wales Food & Drink Award at the awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall on 19thOctober 2016. As well as winning the Food & Drink Award, the farmer-owned co-operative was also runner-up in categories for Innovation and Large Manufacturer of the Year. The unique awards celebrate great products and businesses of all sizes across Wales.
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South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales' oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operative. Based on the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales, as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and can be identified on the map as the pointing crooked ‘finger’, South Caernarfon Creameries is at the heart of this community. The family owned dairy farm co-operative members are located in North Wales, Mid Wales and Ceredigion and supply the Creamery with exceptional quality milk thanks to their cows that graze on the lush Welsh pastures. South Caernarfon Creameries produces exceptional quality Welsh cheese and Welsh butter that have been recognised by major awards and is available from local Welsh stores through to major multiples across the UK and also internationally.
South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales’ largest and oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operative with around 130 member supplier farmers who are located across North and Mid Wales.
In early 2016 South Caernarfon Creameries’ Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar won the Best Dairy Product 2016 at the Food Management Today Industry Awards for their Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar. This cheese was developed exclusively for Sainsbury’s and in conjunction with Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is sold nationally throughout the UK under their Taste the Difference brand in retail and deli format.