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18 July 2013 | Adam Leach
Dairy Crest is looking to add value to the whey supplied by its cheese business by processing it and selling it in a branded baby food product.
In its interim management statement for 2013, in which it also announced that it is on target to reduce costs by £20 million through restructuring and streamlining operations, the company announced its ambition to add value to its whey stream. The company explained it is to enter the baby food market by turning the whey into powder and teaming up with a partner to produce and sell baby food products.
The statement said: “We have been considering how we can add greater value to the high quality whey stream at our Davidstow creamery. We are now clear that our chosen route is to make demineralised whey powder. This is a base ingredient for baby food - a rapidly growing market with significant potential.”
A spokeswoman explained to SM that if the plan progresses, there is a strong likelihood that it would create further jobs in the local supply chain, with the company increasing the amount of farmers it sources from. She also explained an alternative option considered to entering the baby food market was to develop a body building product, as whey is high in protein.
The company is currently finalising the investment needed to progress the project. It will provide an update in its September trading statement.