Farmer Portal

Our History & Growth

We originated as a small dairy trading firm. Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, we are now a major dairy ingredients manufacturer.  We handle over 650 million litres of milk and supply well over 100,000 tonnes of dairy ingredients a year. 

We started life in 1992 as a farmer-backed dairy trading business. Three years later, we merged with Bodfari, which saw us obtain a large dairy processing facility and our own dedicated farmer supply.

Since then, we’ve acquired two more processing facilities, in Yorkshire and Peterborough, helping us to achieve 8% compounded annual growth to become the largest independent dairy in the UK.

Now, we have a clear strategy to continue long-term sustainable growth. We are currently investing £3 million to increase capacity and efficiency at our factory in Peterborough and have recently had planning permission granted to develop another 5,300sqm of processing and storage space at our factory in Chester.

2018

Acquired Roil Foods

2018

Acquired Roil Foods

Investment by Paine Schwartz

2016

2016

Investment by Paine Schwartz

2012

£3 million investment in Peterborough

Commitment to increase capacity and boost efficiency, service and quality at our factory in Peterborough.

2012

£3 million investment in Peterborough

Commitment to increase capacity and boost efficiency, service and quality at our factory in Peterborough.

Extra RO capacity

Additional reverse osmosis (RO) plant capacity commissioned at our Chester site.

2010

2010

Extra RO capacity

Additional reverse osmosis (RO) plant capacity commissioned at our Chester site.

2009

Nene Valley Foods acquisition

£3 million deal for site in Peterborough means we can handle high volumes of packaged cream and produce a broad range of specialist products.

2009

Nene Valley Foods acquisition

£3 million deal for site in Peterborough means we can handle high volumes of packaged cream and produce a broad range of specialist products.

New butter plant

Investment in new plant is part of ongoing investment in butter manufacturing capabilities.

2007

2007

New butter plant

Investment in new plant is part of ongoing investment in butter manufacturing capabilities.

2006

Buy Holme-on-Spalding Moor site

Yorkshire processing site allows us to produce of chocolate crumb,sweetened condensed milk and Soft Cheese.

2006

Buy Holme-on-Spalding Moor site

Yorkshire processing site allows us to produce of chocolate crumb,sweetened condensed milk and Soft Cheese.

Chester site expansion

We expand production by building additional milk proteins plant at our Chester site.

1999

1999

Chester site expansion

We expand production by building additional milk proteins plant at our Chester site.

1997

First RO concentrate plant

We install our first reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate plant to boost product offering. The installation results in some large contract wins and a strong period of growth.

1997

First RO concentrate plant

We install our first reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate plant to boost product offering. The installation results in some large contract wins and a strong period of growth.

Bodfari merger

For the first time we have a direct farmer supplier base and our own dairy processing plant in Chester.

1995

1995

Bodfari merger

For the first time we have a direct farmer supplier base and our own dairy processing plant in Chester.

1992

Meadow Foods is founded

We start life as a farmer-backed dairy trading business selling dairy products as ingredients in the UK and Europe.

1992

Meadow Foods is founded

We start life as a farmer-backed dairy trading business selling dairy products as ingredients in the UK and Europe.