HRH The Duke of Kent visits award
winning Lynher Dairy
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will be visiting Lynher
Dairy in Ponsanooth today (Tuesday 23 March) to find out about
how the expansion of the business into new purpose built premises
two years ago has enabled the company to go from strength
Built with the support of £155,000 investment from
Objective One, the new production facilities for Lynher Dairies
Cheese Company at Pengreep Farm, Ponsanooth, near Truro, opened
in February 2002.
During his visit The Duke will learn from Catherine Mead,
a director of Lynher Dairy, how the business has developed
over the past 20 years and how the new facility has enabled
the cheese company to produce an additional 200 tonnes of
cheese per year.
Ms Mead said: "We are delighted to be hosting a royal
visit at the Dairy and it will be a memorable day for everyone
here. The Duke's visit coincides almost exactly with the two-year
anniversary of our first cheeses leaving our new facility.
Back then we were looking to produce around 120 tonnes in
our first year and now we are looking at a figure close to
220 tonnes across the two sites which is quite an achievement
for us to celebrate."
Objective One Programme Director, Ms Carleen Kelemen will
also be meeting The Duke to inform him of the role played
by Objective One in making the construction of the new cheese
making facility possible and also about the wider work of
the Programme within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Ms Kelemen said: "Cornwall is built on small businesses,
so the Programme is working on those conditions that can maximise
performance. Part of the strategy is to halt decline in traditional
industries by maximising their impact through adding value
as well as local sourcing, collaboration, additional processing,
marketing and supply chain development.
"Lynher Dairy is a great example of how the strategy
is being bought to fruition. It was one of the earliest Objective
One projects to be approved and goes to show that, as well
as producing some of the finest cheese in the world, Cornwall
can also compete with anyone else when we invest in innovative
thinking, modern design and the tools to enable businesses
to develop and thrive."
Mr Dane Hopkins, Head of Production, will explain the individual
processes that go into the cheese making process whilst The
Duke takes a tour through the production room. Whilst in the
maturing stores His Royal Highness will see some of the other
soft cheeses made at the dairy in addition to its famous nettle
covered Cornish Yarg.
Towards the end of his tour The Duke will have the opportunity
to talk to staff working in the packing room before he signs
the visitor book and is presented with a gift of cheese by
Emma Johnson, Marketing Manager at Lynher Dairy.
The visit today by The Duke of Kent will be the latest honour
bestowed on the dairy in long line of recent recognitions
for the dairy's achievements. Since its opening, the dairy
has won a multitude of awards at national cheese industry
and agricultural shows. The building itself has received acclaim
for its empathy for the environment and innovative design,
winning a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
regional award, the Civic Trust Award for the UK's best agricultural
building and the Country Landowners Association (CLA) award
for the best building in the south. The Independent newspaper
also named the dairy as one of the 50 best modern buildings
to visit in the world in a recent feature.
Lynher Dairies Cheese Company continues to grow at 20 per
cent a year and currently employs 50 people on a part-time
and full-time basis across two production units.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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