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Plans to shut down Aberdeen milk depot “should have no impact” on North-east dairy farmers

Friday August 30th 2019 at 8:00 AM

Proposals to shut down a milk depot in Aberdeen shouldn’t have an impact on dairy farmers in the North-east, according to its operator.

Earlier this month Muller announced it was conducting a review of its depot in Altens and exploring the possibility of relocating to the central belt, putting up to 50 jobs at risk.

It blamed the need to centralise on a number of factors, including a fall in the consumption of fresh milk.

Muller has subsequently met with trade unions and North-east politicians in an effort to resolve the situation, with the firm now confirming that if it does go ahead with the move, it shouldn’t threaten the livelihoods of dairy farmers in the region.

MSP for Aberdeen South & North Kincardine, Maureen Watt, said: “I have now spoken directly with Muller and they have advised me that the consultation with staff remains ongoing and that this is not simply a box-ticking exercise.

“I will maintain a watchful eye on developments to ensure that this is the case and it is my hope that an outcome can be reached that meets the needs of staff and their families.

“Ultimately, this remains a terribly difficult time for those involved, and I will continue to do everything I can to support them.”

North-east Labour MSP, Lewis Macdonald, said: “If the closure goes ahead it will be a real blow for the workers, the community and the local economy. This is why I have written to the First Minister urging her to intervene to stop the closure.

“I hope the Scottish Government and its agencies will do all they can.

“Too many jobs have been lost in recent times due to big companies centralising their services in the Central Belt.”

Consultations with staff at the depot remain ongoing.

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