Scottish family-owned milk processor Graham’s Dairies claimed this week that a new contract to supply Sainsbury was the first of a number of deals it expected to sign with the UK’s major supermarkets.
The Bridge of Allan-based dairy is to supply whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed Scottish organic milk to Sainsbury’s 24 stores in Scotland and six sites in northern England.
MD Robert Graham Jnr said the Sainsbury contract marked a significant step in the development of Graham’s Dairies, which turned over £21m last year. “We believe that this contract will serve as a launchpad for the company into a larger share of the overall multiples’ market.”
He said it was a major milestone in the diversification of the business as it continued to expand beyond its traditional core sectors, such as hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, independent retailers and schools.
Graham added: “It is also an excellent deal for Scottish consumers who will now have the assurance that the organic milk on their supermarket shelf was produced locally.”
Earlier this year the dairy signed a contract worth almost £1m with Scottish Universities and Colleges Catering Purchasing Group.