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Graham’s lands blow for home producers with £1m+ Brakes deal

Robert Graham Richard LochheadGraham’s The Family Dairy has signed a £1 million-plus deal with food supplier, Brakes Scotland in a move seen as an important deal for Scottish food producers.

The Bridge of Allan company will replace a supplier based south of the border and will service 6,000 Brakes’ customers.

It marks Graham’s second big contract in less than two months following its exclusive deal to  supply milk to all Starbucks’ stores in Scotland.

Brakes partners with more than 60 Scottish producers to supply in excess of 11,000 corporate and independent customers, including the G1 group, Crieff Hydro, and the majority of schools and hospitals in Scotland.

Graham’s products, manufactured in Bridge of Allan, Nairn and Fife, will add to the 340 products supplied by Brakes which has four sites in Scotland.

Robert Graham, managing director of Graham’s, recently urged more suppliers and retailers to source from Scottish producers.  He was critical of the volume of dairy produce that is imported, describing it as “crazy that so much dairy produce bought within the UK isn’t actually made here”.

Today he said the deal with Brakes provides important support for dairy farmers “at what is a challenging time for the dairy industry.”

Brakes Scotland operations director John Mclintock, said: “We’re committed to partnering with the best local suppliers.

“We previously bought milk from a processor in England and therefore couldn’t guarantee that we would supply purely Scottish milk to our customers in Scotland.”

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, added: “The Scottish Government has been in discussions with Brakes and other food service companies about increasing their sourcing of dairy from Scotland, and so I very much welcome this deal, which could not have come at a better time for Scottish dairy farmers who continue to face low farm gate prices as a result of global market volatility.

“I urge other businesses to follow suit, as we must all rally behind our hard-pressed producers and source locally when and where we can.”

 Photo: Robert Graham and Richard Lochhead

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