Brakes commits to Scottish dairy

Brakes commits to Scottish dairy

Brakes Scotland has continued to invest in Scottish food and drink after signing a significant deal with Graham’s The Family Dairy.

The deal will see Graham’s dairy products replace those already on offer by Brakes, which were previously sourced from suppliers south of the border.

The family company - recently crowned number one Scottish dairy brand – will supply to over 6,000 Brakes customers across Scotland.

Graham’s will provide their award-winning milk, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and crème fraiche to all of its customers across Scotland.

The deal is yet another boost for Graham’s, following the announcement of their deal to exclusively supply milk to all Starbucks stores in Scotland.

Robert Graham, managing director of Graham’s, said: “We are so pleased to partner with Brakes Scotland to supply their faithful customers across the whole of Scotland. 

“Though Brakes is one of the biggest food and drink suppliers in Europe, they see the value in investing in local businesses who retain a focus on high quality produce with strong local provenance, and this was one of the key factors that attracted us to working with them.  

“Not only does the foodservice sector offer huge potential for our brand, it provides an excellent opportunity to further support the 98 dairy farmers we work with across the country at what is a challenging time for the dairy industry.”

Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and environment, joined Robert Graham and John Mclintock, operations director at Brakes Scotland, to celebrate the partnership at the Graham’s dairy in Bridge of Allan.

Lochhead added: “The great and growing consumer appetite for Scottish food and drink represents a tremendous commercial opportunity, and it is great to see Brakes switch to Scottish dairy in response to customer demand.

“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 farmgate 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.”

Graham’s is based in the heart of Scotland, producing a range of dairy products, including milk, cheddar cheese, cream, butter, ice-cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, quark and sour cream.

Established for more than 76 years, the company remains family-run with a focus on farming, provenance and a quest to promote the best of Scotland’s larder throughout the country.