2 minute read - 28th February 2023
PCL to open new £17m milk processing facility in Wales
A new milk processing facility will be created after Pembrokeshire Creamery Limited (PCL) acquired a development plot at Pembrokeshire Food Park, bringing with it £17m of investment and the creation of 80 new jobs over the next three years.
PCL is set to occupy 10.25 acres of the Food Park where the new milk processing facility will source milk from local farms and have an annual processing capacity of 70 million litres. The new facility is a key development in the local economy, with the creation of employment and a significant boost for the local dairy supply chain.
The Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council completed the sale of land to PCL. The Pembrokeshire Food Park near Haverfordwest was established in 2021, following a £2m investment by the Welsh Government and £1m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which was awarded to Pembrokeshire County Council for the delivery of the first phase of infrastructure works at the park. The new milk processing plant has also received financial support from the European Union through the Rural Development Fund.
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “The Welsh Government is doing all we can to help create quality jobs for people within their own communities. Agriculture, food and drink are sectors that make a significant contribution to Pembrokeshire’s local economy, and we are determined to help new and existing businesses in these sectors to grow and thrive. We have been working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council to make land available for development at Pembrokeshire Food Park to allow us to realise that ambition.”
Mark McQuade, managing director of Pembrokeshire Creamery Limited, added: “Pembrokeshire Creamery Limited are grateful to the Welsh Government for their support with this investment, which will deliver significant jobs and growth to the local economy. The new site will be the only BRC Certified facility to offer Welsh milk that is also bottled in Wales, and as such, the Creamery will shorten the supply chain in Wales. Pembrokeshire is a fantastic milk field in which to build an authentically Welsh milk supply for Welsh supermarket stores.”