Muller Wiseman Dairies Market Drayton butter-making plant opens
A new £17m butter plant has been officially opened in Shropshire.
Muller Wiseman Dairies said 100 jobs had been created at the Market Drayton factory, which a spokesman added was the largest of its kind in Britain.
It is designed to process about 90,000 tonnes of cream a year and produce about 45,000 tonnes of butter, mainly for the commercial sector.
The plant began production in November. It has been officially opened by North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson.
Ronald Kers, chief executive for the Muller UK & Ireland Group, said: "Butter imports into the UK were above 100,000 tonnes last year.
"We want to address this by offering butter made in Britain with cream from milk produced by British dairy farms."
Chairman of the Shropshire branch of the National Farmers Union, David Mills, said: "Hopefully it will increase the incomes of farmers in that area.
"It's very pleasing for those local farmers who have earned a good living out of producing milk can continue that."