Enterprise Foods has struck a deal to supply Virgin Trains with regionally sourced milk on the West Coast Mainline.
The milk will be supplied from dairies as close as seven miles to the West Coast Mainline and will be delivered to the nearest Virgin Trains depot for distribution along the route.
Virgin Trains said that it wanted to support local farmers. The arrangement will increase the business cost of fresh milk by 8 per cent, it said. Virgin estimated over the course of a year, more than 300,000 litres of fresh milk will be used across the 300 Virgin Trains services.
Simon McCreery, managing director of Yester Farm in Haddington, Scotland and one of the suppliers, said: “We know that supplying on such a scale while remaining environmentally friendly is difficult and it’s testament to Virgin Trains’ ethos that they’ve made this move to support local farmers.”
Amanda Smit, head of catering at Virgin Trains, said: “By buying fresh local milk we know we can support local farmers in their business while also providing quality produce for passengers on our trains who want to relax with a cup of tea while we whisk them to their destination.”