Major Employer To Make £3m Investment At Staffordshire Moorlands HQ

Dairy firm Ornua Foods UK is making a multi-million pound investment at its Staffordshire Moorlands factory – after a rise in cheese and butter sales during lockdown.

The company is spending £3 million on the installation of new state-of-the-art cheese cutting and packing equipment at its Sunnyhills Road headquarters in Leek, to increase its annual production of branded and own-label cheese to more than 110,000 tonnes.

The move comes after the firm – which employs 650 people – has seen sales rise by more than 15 per cent so far this year following a ‘change in consumer buying patterns’ and a surge in demand during lockdown.

Bill Hunter, Ornua Foods UK’s managing director, said: “Our latest £3 million investment at Leek comes at a time when we are experiencing strong business growth and will strengthen our position as a leading supplier of high quality cheese and butter to many of the UK’s major supermarkets.

“We our very proud of our standing as an employer of choice in the region and are committed to providing local people with the opportunity to become part of the Ornua success story through offering a wide range of long term and rewarding career paths.”