Trewithen Dairy clotted cream maker sold to German business

A Cornish cream tea - with jam first and cream on top - obviously!
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A well-known Cornish clotted cream maker has been acquired by a German business. Trewithen Dairy in the Glynn Valley has been sold to Ehrmann, one of Germany’s leading dairy companies. The sale will now mean that Trewithen Dairy, between Bodmin and Liskeard, will expand its facilities to start manufacturing the cakes and puddings that its new parent company exports to the UK.

Bosses at Ehrmann said they now expect Trewithen Dairy to account for 15 per cent of its global sales each year. They also said the 260 jobs at Trewithen will be secured for the future while more jobs could be created to accommodate its £20m expansion plans.

Christian Ehrmann, chairman of Ehrmann SE, which employs 3,200 people worldwide, said: “We have enjoyed success in the UK over the last two years working with major supermarket chains to bring new dairy tastes to consumers. The acquisition is highly significant as it opens up local UK production, enabling us to reduce the carbon footprint and guarantee the freshness of our products. Choosing Trewithen’s impressively high-quality Cornish milk production, we’re delighted to bring German product innovation together with the very best of British milk."

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Ehrmann dairy products are sold in more than 75 countries around the world, from seven international production sites and nine international sales offices generating over 1.1 billion euros each year.

Trewithen Dairy at Greymare Farm in the Glynn Valley was started and has been owned by the Clarke family since 1976. The dairy farmers switched to crafting dairy products there in 1994, sourcing milk, cream and, more recently, butter and yoghurt from local cows to sell across the UK.

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Francis Clarke, owner of Trewithen Dairy, said: "We’re incredibly proud of our roots in quality pastures and cows that produce some of the best milk in the world. Quality and sustainable growth are core values we share deeply with our new colleagues at Ehrmann. That’s why we decided to join forces to breathe fresh air into the Cornish dairy industry as we enter our next phase of expansion."

Following the acquisition the Cornish business will continue to be known as Trewithen Dairy. Its registered name will change from Cornish Farm Dairy Ltd to Ehrmann Cornish Dairy Ltd.

Paul Berne, CEO of Trewithen Dairy, added: “We’re delighted that we’re able to expand our offering, create more jobs in the local economy, and further bring the joy of quality Cornish produce to more tastebuds across the UK. The new products are already proven in other markets, so it’s great to be producing them with excellent British milk to be enjoyed by more British tastebuds.”

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