MULLER Milk & Ingredients, the new business that has been created by combining the dairy operations of Müller Wiseman Dairies and Dairy Crest, can play a major role in revitalising the UK’s fresh milk sector, according to its managing director.
However, Andrew McInnes said the new business must integrate quickly to realise its potential. The new organisation employs around 10,000 people in 13 dairies and more than 70 depots.
Mr McInnes added: “We have the opportunity to build something special in the UK dairy industry with real benefits for customers, colleagues, farmers and suppliers.
“It is important to recognise that the status quo, particularly within the fresh milk sector, was not working and we must therefore identify and make the changes and savings required to build a combined business which is sustainable, successful and vibrant.
“Our aim is to become a successful milk and ingredients business as quickly as possible.
“To do this, we will prioritise the delivery of great products and service, building an engaged workforce, putting in place common systems and processes, and achieving higher levels of competitiveness through savings from combining the two businesses.”
In Yorkshire, the market is dominated by Arla, which has a large dairy processing plant in Leeds. Arla’s plant is supplied with milk from more than 250 dairy farmers in Yorkshire.
A spokesman confirmed that Muller Milk & Ingredients only has a handful of dairy farmers in Yorkshire, but the business is looking to achieve greater scale.
Müller announced its plans to acquire the dairy operations of Dairy Crest in November 2014.
The Competition and Markets Authority approved the acquisition in October last year, and the transaction completed on Boxing Day.