Milk Link Cheese Company Food from Britain (FFB) Buyers’ Guide

Milk Link is the UK’s most progressive integrated dairy business. Entirely owned by British dairy farmers, we employ around 1,600 people at nine processing facilities and in 2006/07 generated a turnover of over £500m.

Our vision is to build the UK’s leading farmer-owned dairy products business. We aim to create a long term, sustainable future for our farmer Members through: Enabling them to benefit from a secure outlet for their milk; and, providing them with the additional margins available from processing their milk into added-value dairy products.

Milk Link is the UK’s largest producer of cheese, making a comprehensive range of award-winning British cheeses. We supply all the UK’s major food retailers, as well as many of its largest food processors and food service organisations.

We also manufacture a wide range of dairy products including long life milk and creams, extended shelf life products, flavoured milks, custards, milk powders, soft cheeses and cultured ingredients.

Our company structure is simple. We have a Consumer Products division which encompasses The Cheese Company, Milk and Creams and our Export business. We also have an Ingredients division which produces ingredients for a wide range of own-label and branded goods as well as fresh dairy products for the retail market through our Staplemead Dairy Products joint venture.

The Cheese Company is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer, producing over 20 varieties of award winning cheddars, Blue Stiltons and British regional cheeses for the retail, food service and ingredients sectors. The company employs over 1,000 staff across four cheese and dairy processing facilities and its consumer packing facility at Oswestry, Shropshire.

Milk Link produces a wide variety of delicious tasting milk products for the retail sector and has strong business partnerships with major multiples and food service organisations. We are the largest producer of long life milk in the UK and also produce a range of high quality extended shelf life, functional and flavoured milks.