First Milk buys BV Dairy in UK

First Milk has completed the acquisition of BV Dairy (Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited), the company says.

BV Dairy is a successful manufacturer of specialist chilled dairy products based in Dorset, UK. It services customers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, offering a comprehensive end-to-end solution to customers across food manufacturing and food service, as well as offering co-manufacturing to exciting growth markets such as the home meal solutions and gut health sectors, offering considerable opportunities for the future.

Commenting on the announcement, Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk, said, “I am delighted to complete the acquisition of BV Dairy, a successful family-owned business, which shares many common values with First Milk – a focus on people and community, environmental performance, exceptional quality and long-term value creation. We look forward to welcoming the wider BV Dairy family into our First Milk family.

“The BV Dairy business has strong customer relationships and a reputation for quality and service across food manufacture and food service. This provides a genuine extension to our business, extending our manufacturing and market reach, offering a platform for the further growth and development of our business.”

Farmer director and vice-chairman, Mike Smith, added, “This purchase builds on the existing strengths of First Milk and will bring wider benefits, adding value for our members whilst creating opportunities for our colleagues and enabling us to extend our regenerative positioning into a broader range of dairy products and customers. This is a great step forward as we work together to secure the future.”

Jim Highnam, managing director of BV Dairy, said, “Having made the decision to sell the business, we wanted to ensure that the new owners would provide a secure future for our customers, colleagues, farmers and suppliers. As such, I’m pleased to finalise this transaction and see BV Dairy become part of First Milk, as both businesses share a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach, balancing the needs of all stakeholders. I look forward to working with our new First Milk colleagues to continue to grow and develop BV Dairy.”

First Milk is owned by around 700 farming families spread across Britain, and has cheese production sites in the Lake District of the UK and Pembrokeshire, employing an additional 220 people. BV Dairy employs over 160 in the Dorset area.

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