Müller UK completes integration and Watson is CFO

Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) CEO Patrick Müller has confirmed completion of Britain’s largest ever dairy industry integration, set out his strategy for the future of the £1.7 billion (€1.9bn) fresh milk, cream, butter and ingredients business, and confirmed a key executive board appointment, it announced.

Brian Watson has been appointed as chief finance officer at Müller Milk & Ingredients. The appointment comes as MMI completes integrating Dairy Crest’s dairy operations into Müller’s existing fresh milk operation to create Müller Milk & Ingredients, which purchases 25% of Britain’s farm gate milk. It’s one of the biggest integration operations the UK Dairy Industry has ever seen.

Patrick Müller, MMI CEO said: “I am delighted to welcome Brian as we enter the next phase of our development. This is a key appointment and his experience will augment an executive team who are highly motivated to make our vision a reality.

“This business acquired Dairy Crest’s liquid milk dairies to build scale and unlock greater efficiencies and benefit for customers.

“I am delighted to say that our team has now delivered a single organisation and platform for the future. We now have a competitive and unique proposition having invested heavily in highly efficient factories which optimise energy, water and wastage; and in a comprehensive logistics network.

“We have acquired our own blow moulding facilities and we are determined to lead the agenda in plastics through increased use of recycled materials, light-weighting and to drive further innovation.

“We are now ready to realise our vision to be Britain’s dairy leader and with Brexit looming, we will offer certainty. Our customers know that our UK manufacturing footprint gives continuity, security of supply with products which are sourced from British farms, and manufactured here in Britain.”

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