Brakes partners more than 60 Scottish producers, which covers a range of 340 products. It supplies more than 11,000 corporate and independent customers, including the G1 group, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels and the majority of schools and hospitals in Scotland.
Graham’s will directly replace Brakes Scotland dairy products, previously sourced in England, starting with milk and cream this month, which equates to just over 2m liters of milk per year.
Investing in local companies
Robert Graham, managing director of Graham’s The Family Dairy, said, “Though Brakes is one of the biggest food and drink suppliers in Europe, they see the value in investing in local businesses who retain a focus on high quality produce with strong local provenance, and this was one of the key factors that attracted us to working with them.
"Not only does the foodservice sector offer huge potential for our brand, it provides an excellent opportunity to further support the 98 dairy farmers we work with across the country at what is a challenging time for the dairy industry.”
Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, said at the announcement, “The great and growing consumer appetite for Scottish food and drink represents a tremendous commercial opportunity, and it is great to see Brakes switch to Scottish dairy in response to customer demand.”
Deal with Starbucks
The deal is Graham’s second new relationship in less than two months, following the announcement of their deal to exclusively supply milk to all Starbucks stores in Scotland from January.
Graham’s, Scotland’s largest independent dairy, recently acquired the Glenfield Dairy site in Fife from First Milk, which will allow the business to expand into cottage cheese, quark and sour cream.
Graham’s also supplies dairy products to supermarkets, independent retailers, delis and farm shops across Scotland and in some areas of England.