Lakeland Dairies today officially opened a major new global logistics centre at its Pritchitts dairy foodservice manufacturing site in Newtownards, Co Down. 

The new centre was completed recently by Lakeland Dairies after an investment of €10m which has been supported by Invest Northern Ireland.  

The company said the investment positions Newtownards as a key strategic site for it. It employs over 200 people in the area.

Lakeland collects over 800,000 litres of milk directly from Northern Ireland dairy farmers each day and over one billion litres of milk north and south each year.

The Co Down centre has 12 different production lines and makes over 100,000 tonnes of dairy products and 700 million individual product units each year. 

These include ice cream mixes, UHT milk, milk portions, flavoured milks, added value dairy creams, powdered desserts, cappuccino toppings and ice cream powder. 

Lakeland Dairies also recently announced a €36m investment in a major new milk powder plant at Bailieboro, Co Cavan, which will be completed next year.