|Co-operative (Private Limited with share capital 04427868)|
|Predecessor||Milk Marque (indirectly)|
|Founded||April 30, 2000|
|Headquarters||3120 Great Western Court, Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8HP|
|Revenue||£586 million (2010/11)|
|Owner||British Farmers Community|
|Divisions||Milk Link, Cheese
Milk Link, Milk
In July 2002, the company bought the Crediton and Kirkcudbright creameries from Express Dairies for £33.1 million, which both make UHT milk. It also bought out the 50% of joint-venture partner Express Dairies in the creamery at Frome.
In February 2004 it set up The Cheese Company with Kilkenny-based Glanbia, which had four cheese processing sites producing product for frozen pizzas, in which it took a 75% stake. In December 2006 it bought out Glanbia for £47.2 million.
In August 2011 it split into two divisions named 'Milk Link, Cheese' and 'Milk Link, Milk'.
In September 2011 it announced that it would increase the size of the Lockerbie creamery by 50% to produce 37,000 tonnes of cheese a year, into a UK market which consumes 600,000 tonnes of cheese a year.
In 2012 the company merged with Arla Foods.
Each year it handles around 1.5 billion litres of milk.
- Red Leicester
- Double Gloucester
- Cornish Brie
- Cornish Camembert
- Shropshire Blue
It exports cheese to 19 countries.
- Crediton Dairy
- Llandyrnog, north Wales
- Lockerbie (cheddar cheese) - the largest dairy plant in Scotland, off the A709 near the River Annan
- Melton Mowbray
- Taw Valley Creamery