Dairy Crest has completed the acquisition of Midlands Co-op Dairies (MCD), the largest regional dairy operator in the UK, for £20m.

Dairy Crest said that MCD would be consolidated into Dairy Crest’s existing dairy operations and that the group’s Birmingham processing plant would close, subject to employee consideration.

An overlap with Dairy Crest’s existing depot network would also result in the closure of MCD’s distribution depots in Oxfod, Farringdon and Thame, Dairy Crest said.