Cotteswold Dairy, one of the biggest independent dairies in the UK, is just about to celebrate its 80th year in business, first opening its doors on May 1st 1938.
The company was originally based in Tewkesbury (with its main processing site still to be found there) and has grown since then to open depots in Shrewsbury, North Wales and Cheltenham, now employing an impressive 360 members of staff, Business Leader reports.
But back when it all began, the milk was processed by just a small handful of people and delivered to houses around Tewkesbury in a Morris 8 van. Now, the dairy processes about 250,000 litres of milk each day and takes great pride in the quality of its products.
Managing director of the company George Workman (grandson of founder Harry) said of this particular milestone: “To celebrate 80 years as a family business is quite heartening. When Grandpa passed away in 2016, we had just received a family business award at the House of Commons, which to him was the icing of the cake.”
At the start of this year, the dairy also made much of the fact that it prioritises reusable glass bottles to avoid creating lots of plastic waste – something that has been in the news a lot recently. Milk has always been delivered in reusable glass bottles, with marketing manager Roseanne McEwan explaining that it’s an important identity for the company to continue producing in glass bottles… and the company firmly believes that it makes the milk taste much better as well!
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