South Caernarfon Creameries nominated for national co-op award

South Caernarfon Creameries is in the running to be named Co-operative of the Year 2017 in a uK-wide competition. the farmer-owned company is pitted against two other co-operative businesses in an online vote after being shortlisted in the ‘Leading Co-operative of the Year’ category. the Creamery has been shortlisted following clear evidence of ongoing business success and for having a clear strategy to secure and develop its future for members. over the past year, South Caernarfon Creameries has invested in a multi-million pound cheese production and cheese packing facility that has enabled the company to increase capacity by 25 per cent and also created 20 new jobs. Shortly after opening the new production facility, the Creamery was awarded the contract to supply Sainsbury’s with their national Basics Cheese range of 13 products. the co-operative now also supplies a range of Welsh Cheddar cheese following a further new contract award with Lidl uK. Managing director of South Caernarfon Creameries, Alan Wyn-Jones said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Leading Co-operative award. our farming co-operative was established in 1938 and we are proud of our successes. All of our family owned member farmers who supply us with their milk own a share in the company and as such are at the core of everything that we do. our objective is to deliver sustainable returns to our member farmers, this can only be achieved by being customers focused, efficient and being innovative and flexible to our customer needs. “the company continues on its journey. the focus now is very much on ensuring that the investments made delivers for the benefit of our members and staff. We do hope that people will take the time to vote for us. Winning will be testament to all of the stakeholders in our co-operative creamery.” the Co-operative of the Year awards are organised by Co-operatives uK, the trade body dedicated to promoting, developing and uniting the uK’s member-owned businesses. Co-operatives uK Secretary General, Ed Mayo, said: “What makes co-operatives unique is that they are run by institutional investors or distant shareholders, but by their members. People like you and me – customers, employees, residents, artists, taxi drivers, farmers…” Members of the public can vote online by visiting www.uk.coop/CotY before midnight on June 25. the winner will be announced at Congress, the annual conference for co-operatives, in Wakefield on June 30. South Caernarfon Creameries is one of three businesses up for the Leading Co-operative of the Year award. the other nominees are: Suma Wholefoods and Chelmsford Star Co-operative.

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