Ornua Nutrition Ingredients has entered into a five-year supply partnership with EasiYo - the fresh yoghurt brand from New Zealand - to make its products in the UK for the first time.
The businesses have invested some £700,000 to establish a new blending facility coupled with new high speed sachet-packing lines at the Ornua subsidiary’s base in Leek, Staffordshire, as part of plans by EasiYo to expand its operations in Europe.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with EasiYo on its exciting growth strategy,” said ONI MD Alastair Jackson.
“We both share a common co-operative ethos and are committed to achieving the highest levels of quality and service,” Jackson added. “These common values will be complemented by our new state-of-the art facility in Leek and together with our expertise in blending, packing and sourcing of high quality ingredients, will provide a strong platform for the production of EasiYo as it expands its presence in the UK and European marketplace.”
The brand is currently listed in UK retailers such as Lakeland, Holland & Barrett and on the EasiYo website.
“We’re delighted to be working with Ornua Nutrition Ingredients as our UK and European supply partner,” said EasiYo CEO Brian Dewar.
“The UK and EU markets represent a multi-million pound opportunity for us to capitalise on this growing consumer trend of people who love to make fresh wholesome food at home,” he added.
“Moving manufacture and supply closer to our key accounts means we can respond to our customers’ needs much faster as well significantly improving our environmental footprint. With so many similarities between Ornua Nutrition Ingredients and EasiYo, the partnership with them was a natural fit for the business.”