UK dairy auction attracting international attention

By Jim Cornall

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The online sale will use the BidSpotter platform. Pic: ©GettyImages/Abscent84
The online sale will use the BidSpotter platform. Pic: ©GettyImages/Abscent84
An auction that will see the processing machinery and equipment of the Linwoods Dairy in Armagh, Northern Ireland, going under the hammer later this month is attracting international attention.

Auctioneers Eddisons CJM said interest has been shown from as far away as Africa and India ahead of the auction, which is to take place on Tuesday, November 27.

The dairy closed in June after the company decided to exit the milk business and concentrate future investment on its range of health food products that is now being sold in more than 25 countries around the world.

Complete operation

Paul Cooper of Eddisons CJM said, “We’re not surprised by the interest. This dairy was purpose-built in 2004 by APV, which is the name that you always like to see attached to this sort of processing kit. It was further upgraded as recently as 2010.

“The result is a really neat, well-laid out modern facility although, good as it is, the two production lines mean that it does not have the scale to rival the gigantic super-dairies that are now being built to compete in the cut-throat business that liquid milk has become.”

The auction extends to 100 lots, ranging from the 90,000 liter raw milk tanks that were used at the start of the process, through to the shrink-wrapping machinery that was used to protect cases of bottled milk at the end.

High value lots

The most high-value lots are the two highly automated processing lines that both have the flexibility to fill pint, liter or two-liter bottles.

Cooper said, “Apart from the interest from India and Africa, we have also been fielding enquiries from several European countries as well as businesses nearer to home.

Whilst a number of them are in the milk business, most of this this equipment would be equally useful to people looking to bottle juices, water or other drinks.”

The online sale using the BidSpotter platform will close at noon UK time on Thursday, November 27.

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