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Graham’s invest over 1 million in butter plant

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Early July will see Scottish shoppers given the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the first spreadable butter to be produced by a Scottish dairy.

It follows the official opening this morning (3 June) of a new 1.2 million butter plant by Grahams The Family Dairy at its Airthrey Kerse Farm in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire.

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Grahams The Family Dairy Scottish Spreadable Butter (slightly salted 250g / 500g) is the latest tasty product innovation to be revealed by the proud family dairy, renowned for its award-winning range of Scottish Dairy, Grahams Gold and Organic milks, creams, butters and ice-cream.

As part of Grahams successful core Scottish Dairy range, the slightly salted spreadable butter will initially retail through Peckhams delicatessen and leading Scottish convenience stores including David Sands and C J Lang.

The new product will retail at RRP 1.50 (250g) and RRP 2.80 (500g).

From September, Grahams The Family Dairy anticipates the product will also feature in the dairy aisle of Scottish stores operated by Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose and Co-op.

Dr Robert Graham, chairman of Grahams The Family Dairy, commented:

As a family that has farmed in Stirlingshire for five generations, today marks another proud milestone for Grahams The Family Dairy as we offer consumers the first high quality, locally produced spreadable butter from a Scottish dairy.

Our latest product innovation, 72 years after my father started the dairy at Airthrey Kerse also reflects the recognition that many consumers increasingly seek an alternative to traditional butter in their shopping basket.

Dr Graham added: While I hope discerning consumers will enjoy and choose to spread the word about Scotlands first spreadable butter, its also important to recognise the approximate 175,000of grant assistance from the Scottish Government to help develop the new butter plant. This financial support was significant in helping Grahams The Family Dairy bring our exciting new product to market.

The spreadable butter retains the distinctive packaging of Grahams conventional (Scottish Dairy) range. The blue tubs also reflect the familys proud farming heritage with the design incorporating a message and image of managing director Robert Graham and the additional brand features of a Grahams hay bale and three pairs of wellington boots.

Fergus Wood, Provost of Stirling, who officially opened the butter plant, commented on the significance of this latest development by Graham’s The Family Dairy: “I have watched the growth and diversification of Graham’s The Family Dairy with admiration over the past decade.

This family business has made a major impact on the local area – not only by the growing number of jobs they provide, but also by their commitment to the local community and their generous support for so many local organisations.

It is seldom one finds a company that takes the product right through to its logical conclusion – literally from the cow to the customer! Spreadable butter adds yet another dimension to this concept.”

Last year and prior to investing in the new butter plant, Dr Graham received a rarely extended invitation from the French dairy industry to visit a dairy in Cherbourg where he gained invaluable insights to the specialist machinery and methods used by French farmers to produce butter.

Subsequently, Paul Thomas, dairy manager at Grahams The Family Dairy, travelled to Spain to see a similar butter plant in operation. The butter plant machinery at Airthrey Kerse was installed by a specialist team from France.

  • Scottish Government funding of the butter plant was provided through the Food processing, Marketing and Grant Co-operation Grant Scheme (FMPC)
  • Grahams The Family Dairy Scottish Spreadable Butter (slightly salted) is a natural extension to the familys award winning range of slightly salted and unsalted Scottish Dairy, Organic and deliciously creamy Grahams Gold butter. In 2008 Grahams launched the first Scottish organic butter (slightly salted and unsalted) on the UK market.
  • To March 2010, Grahams announced record year-end results that included a 28 per cent jump in pre-tax profits to 1,051,247 (2009: 820,959).
  • In 2010, Grahams The Family Dairy launched the UKs first 1% Organic milk and its first range of flavoured ice cream across its conventional, Organic and Grahams Gold lines.
  • Grahams The Family Dairy has won a number of prestigious awards for its milk, cream, butter and ice-cream products. At the May 2011 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards, Grahams was awarded both the Dairy product and Marketing Initiative of the Year.
  • 2010 has also seen the Grahams range of conventional milks, butters, creams and ice-cream refreshed under an exciting brand evolution programme to reinforce its brand values of family and farming heritage
  • Grahams butter range scooped an unprecedented five gold accolades at the 2010 Royal Highland Show, including overall championship butter for Grahams churned slightly salted
  • 2009 marked a proud milestone for the family when its award winning, luxuriously creamy Grahams Gold milk became the first branded Grahams product to be distributed through Sainsburys in the south-east of England

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