STRUGGLING Clogher Valley cheese production facility, Fivemiletown Creamery, has been thrown a lifeline by a local dairy processing company, which will see 20 at risk jobs secured.
Dale Farm, which has a plant at Dunmanbridge in Cookstown, has confirmed that it has reached agreement to buy the Fivemiletown cheese brands from Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, and with Fivemiletown Coop to take over the production of speciality cheese at the Fivemiletown Creamery site.
Commenting on the deal, David Dobbin, Dale Farm’s Group Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted that we will have been able to ensure that the Fivemiletown range of award winning cheeses will continue to be produced locally.
“Fivemiletown Creamery has a long established tradition of making excellent local speciality cheeses and we intend to maintain production and invest in developing the brand and its local, national and international customers base. ”
Guy Simpson of the Fivemiletown Creamery Cooperative, said: “This deal will help maintain local jobs in Fivemiletown and the world renowned Fivemiletown cheese brand. While cheddar cheese activity will still cease in a number of months we are extremely pleased that speciality cheese making activity will be now continuing under Dale Farm at our Creamery, this is great news for our local community.”