Saputo to buy Wensleydale Creamery business

Posted on: 06/07/21

Canadian based Saputo, who purchased the Dairy Crest cheese business in early 2019 for £975 million, have today announced they have agreed to purchase the Wensleydale Dairy Products business for

£23 million subject to meeting UK regulatory requirements.

If all goes to plan the deal will be completed on the 30th of July.

Ironically Dairy Crest closed the Wensleydale Creamery in May 1992. In November of that year a management buyout took control employing a total of 11 staff and the rest is history.

The Wensleydale Creamery business takes milk from 40 local North Yorkshire Dales farms and employs 210 staff.

The relocation of the creamery to Hawes in 2015 was a huge success particularly its popular visitor centre.

Saputo recently acquired Bute Island Foods and it’s highly unlikely they have finished shopping in the UK Cheese market, who will be next join the Saputo family?