Muller plans dairy closures in Scotland, 229 jobs at risk
Muller announced the outcome of a review of its Scottish dairies, and confirmed that it plans to close facilities at East Kilbride and Aberdeen.
Muller will launch a 45 day consultation on winding down production at the two plants, but said, “No decisions will be taken until the consultation period is complete and the business has had the opportunity to review its findings.”
In a statement the processor said “Both dairies are operating well below full utilisation with more than 60% of the capacity at Aberdeen dairy unused.”
The proposal comes just over four years after Muller bought out Robert Wiseman Dairies, which was based in East Kilbride. Late last year, Dairy Crest, based in South-East England, agreed to a Muller takeover.
Farmers who currently supply the two threatened dairies will be required to pay the extra cost of transporting milk further afield. 43 farmers supplying the Aberdeen dairy will be expected to pay a 1.75 pence per litre transport charge to carry milk to Bellshill in North Lanarkshire.
Those who do not agree to these terms will have their contracts terminated with 12 months’ notice.
At the same time as announcing the planned closures, Muller promised to invest £15 million over the next three years in the dairy at Bellshill. ■