Call for action as creamery site goes on sale

Government urged to support Welsh food industry

Plaid Cymru’s shadow rural affairs minister has called on the Labour Government to support the Welsh food industry in securing a buyer for a creamery site.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, said news that the former Arla creamery at Llandyrnog in the Vale of Clwyd was up for sale was an opportunity for the Welsh food industry.

The creamery closed more than two years ago with the loss of 100 jobs and has been mothballed ever since. It has now gone on sale for £2.5 million.

Mr Gruffydd said: “The closure of the Arla site together with Tomlinsons Dairy in Minera in recent years has been a body blow to the dairy industry in the region. Hundreds of jobs were lost and milk that had been produced locally had to be sent for processing over the border. 

“Those products, both milk and cheese, had previously been branded as Welsh and have now lost that branding. That undermines all the good work done by various agencies to brand Welsh produce as a distinctive product.

“We’ve also lost the opportunity to add value in the local economy to those raw milk products and that’s why I’ve called on the minister to be pro-active in securing this site for the Welsh food industry. Rural communities need work and skilled jobs in an important sector such as food production.”

Mr Gruffydd has now written to the rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths to urge a more pro-active approach to support the Welsh dairy industry.

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