Tuesday, 14th November, 2017

£6.5m investment sees GRH double in size as the cheese manufacturer looks to create 50 new jobs

Gwynedd-based cheese business GRH Food Company Ltd are doubling in size with a £6.5M investment to move into a new 43,500 sq ft world class facility at Snowdonia Business Park, Minffordd near Porthmadog. Production is expected to be transferred to the Minffordd site within the next 5 months.

Family-owned GRH Food Company Ltd has been located at a 19,000 sq ft factory at Y Ffor, near Pwllheli since 1997 and today employs 70 staff, making award winning blended and packed cheeses which are increasingly exported to Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as across the UK.

State of the art

“We have invested heavily in innovation, new product development and our people over the last 2 years and our success has meant we have reached maximum capacity at Y Ffor with increasing demand from customers at home and abroad. 

“Securing the £1.7M Welsh Government grant was a game-changer to support our £6.5M investment at Minffordd which will now enable us to grow from a £16M business today to potentially up to £50M and employing a further 50 staff, over the next few years”, says Andrew Hockridge, Managing Director at GRH.

The state of the art factory at Snowdonia Business Park will enable GRH to double production capacity as well as offering the very highest food industry BRC quality standards. Moreover, GRH will be developing on site a Cheese Innovation Centre to accelerate the growth in new blended, flavoured and high nutrition cheeses for UK and international markets. 

“Consumers are increasingly demanding new ways of enjoying the convenience, nutrition and taste of flavoured cheeses as snack foods, toasties and sandwiches, in sauces and cheesy breads as well as re-discovering old favourites such as Welsh Rarebit.  At GRH we have a real passion for creating new cheeses and flavours”, add Andrew Hockridge, “and the new Cheese Innovation Centre will helps create more award winning cheeses!”

Contribution to the economy

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said:  “I would like to congratulate GRH Food Company Ltd on their ambition to grow.  Their contribution towards the Welsh economy is important and it is good to see that our producers are taking innovation and new product development seriously.  Investing in its people is a huge benefit for any business and I certainly wish GRH Food Company Ltd every success in its new home”.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The new Minffordd site will be fully operational from April 2018, initially safeguarding the 70 existing staff, with a further 15 staff expected to be employed by the end of 2018.