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Concern about future of cheese making factory

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 5 August 2008

05 August 2008

Concern about future of cheese making factory

The future of 180 jobs at a creamery in Hartington is to be discussed by senior officials at the Peak District National Park Authority.

Long Clawson Dairy Ltd announced last week that it had bought Dairy Crest’s Stilton and speciality cheese business, including the Hartington Creamery.

The company is currently consulting with staff about proposals that could eventually see the Hartington factory closed. Cheese making production would be moved to one of the company’s existing sites in Leicestershire.

Jim Dixon, the authority’s chief executive has arranged a meeting with officials from Long Clawson Dairy Ltd on Thursday 7 August to discuss their future plans for the site in Hartington.

Officials are also discussing the future of the site with local authorities, the National Farmers’ Union, Hartington Parish Council and other interested parties.

Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Clearly this is an uncertain time for employees at the Hartington Creamery and the wider community.

“Stilton has been made in Hartington since the 1870s and the creamery has played an important economic and social role in village life throughout this time.

“We are very concerned about this latest development and its potential impact on the local community. We therefore want to discuss it fully with the company and members of the local community to see if there is any chance of saving the creamery and the jobs it supports. The National Park Authority also wants to safeguard the Peak District’s reputation for producing local and high quality food.”

The creamery at Hartington also produces speciality blue cheeses, including Shropshire Blue and Dovedale.

This is an archived press release

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