Müller Wiseman Dairies
|Headquarters||Nerston, East Kilbride, Scotland|
|Key people||Carl Ravenhall, (Managing Director)|
|Products||Liquid Milk, Cream, Orange juice, Butter|
|Employees||4,540 (March 2014)|
Müller Wiseman Dairies (formerly Robert Wiseman Dairies) is one of the largest milk suppliers and distributors in Great Britain. It is part of the Müller UK & Ireland Group that employs over 4,000 people. They have six major dairies (in Aberdeen, East Kilbride, Glasgow, Manchester, Droitwich Spa and Bridgwater). The company also produces cream, orange juice and more recently butter.
It supplies around 30 per cent of Britain's fresh milk and has Britain's biggest fresh milk distribution network. Müller-Wiseman Dairies supply several large grocery retailers.
Robert Wiseman Dairies was founded in 1947 by Robert Wiseman. It started off as a small family farm in East Kilbride that carried out doorstep deliveries using a horse and cart.
Alan Wiseman joined the business straight from school in 1967 and worked his way up to become Chairman. Eight years later Robert Wiseman Junior became Managing Director.
In 1988 the company built a bespoke dairy in Bellshill, Glasgow. This dairy was designed for supermarket supplies and quickly gained contracts from some of the larger retailers. Having achieved success within Scotland, the Directors were determined to continue expanding the business and saw an opportunity to repeat what had been achieve in Scotland by establishing a production base in the North of England.
Robert Wiseman Dairies was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1994. In the same year the government abolished the Milk Marketing Boards across the UK allowing dairy farmers to sell their milk to whomever they chose. At this time Wiseman created the Wiseman Milk Partnership, a group of farmers contracted to supply their milk direct to Robert Wiseman Dairies.
The company opened a dairy in Droitwich Spa in 2001 which at the time was the biggest in Europe and has a maximum capacity to process 650 million litres per year.
2006 saw the acquisition of the Milk Link liquid milk business which meant the company stretched from Keith in the North of Scotland to Cornwall in the South of England.
In 2008 Robert Wiseman Dairies opened a dairy in Bridgwater which is considered to be Britain’s most efficient and environmentally advanced fresh milk dairy.
In January 2012 the company agreed to a take over by the German dairy company Müller and was returned to private ownership. The business then became known as Müller Wiseman Dairies and is part of the Müller UK & Ireland Group.
Carl Ravenhall was appointed Managing Director of Müller Wiseman Dairies in March 2013.
Müller Wiseman Dairies produces some the UK’s most recognisable fresh milk brands including the country’s first semi-skimmed milk, Fresh’n’Lo, Puriti with its extended shelf life and The One a 1% fat milk.
The most recognised brand is the Müller Wiseman Black and White brand milk and there are six regional labels currently in the portfolio: Grampian, Milk from Scotland, West Country, Cornish, Milk from Wales and more recently milk from the Northern Dairy.
Milk is not the only product in their portfolio, they process and distribute double, whipping, single and clotted cream along with orange juice.
Müller Wiseman also owns the UK’s largest butter plant, in Market Drayton. The £17 million plant was officially opened on the 6th December 2013 by Theo Müller Senior and Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire and then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The plant is capable of producing 45,000 tonnes of salted, unsalted and lactic butter made with cream from British dairy farms.
In July 2013 the company announced the closure of its Keith and Whitburn depots because of a significant reduction in the number of delivery runs from each site.
In October 2013 Müller Wiseman Dairies’ state of the art Droitwich dairy, one of the biggest in their portfolio, was damaged by a fire. Despite immediate shut down of operations at the business’ largest fresh milk dairy, the company maintained supplies of fresh milk to its customers by increasing production at other sites and the co-operation with other dairy suppliers.