Dairy Crest’s gain is Fayrefield’s GOS

Published 21 December 15

Dairy Crest (DC) has purchased the outstanding 50% share of Promovita from Fayrefield Foods for £6m. Promovita was established in 2014 as a 50/50 joint venture between DC and Fayrefield to develop and produce Galacto-Oligosaccharide (GOS).

GOS is a prebiotic for use in infant formula and is predominantly made up of lactose, a by-product of the cheese manufacturing process. DC sees the acquisition as an important step in the evolution of their added-value ingredients business.

In 2014, DC announced major investment at its Davidstow cheese factory. £45m to produce demineralised whey powder in a joint venture with Fonterra, and £20m to produce GOS in a joint venture with Fayrefield. The demineralised whey powder plant is now up and running, while the GOS plant is expected to be in full production from early 2016.