Highlands & Islands

Stirlingshire dairy firm makes move on Highland rivals

Robert Graham and his father
Image caption Dr Robert Graham and his father, also Robert, head the Stirlingshire business

A dairy in the Highlands is to be taken over by a rival company based in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling.

Claymore Dairies is one of the largest employers in Nairn and also has depots in Dingwall, Fort William and Wick.

The business, which employs more than 70 people, was only taken over by management in February from then owners Arla Foods.

Graham's The Family Diary said it had agreed to buy Claymore for an undisclosed sum.

Ian Larg, managing director of Claymore, said since the management buyout there had been several meetings with Graham's.

He said: "During that period, it has become increasingly clear that there would be significant benefits by putting the businesses together.

"Graham's diversity and greater market position will be a major benefit to Claymore going forward. This will lead to greater security for the dairy, its staff and supplying dairy farmers."

The Stirlingshire company's chairman Dr Robert Graham is the son of the business's original founder.

'Most northerly'

Dr Graham said: "Claymore Dairies is a good business with excellent processing facilities.

"The dairy and its employees will become an immediate part of the Graham's family business and will bring our team to over 400.

"This will be Graham's most northerly location and will give us not only more capacity but additional flexibility to our customer offering."

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