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The Welsh Government has set up a taskforce to handle the sudden closure of Tomlinsons Dairies in Wrexham, which has forced dairy farmers in north Wales to urgently seek milk processors elsewhere – including as far away as Lancashire.
In 2017, the company revealed plans for an expansion which created 70 jobs, backed by investment from HSBC, £5million from the Welsh Government and £2million from Finance Wales (now the Development Bank). It was the largest dairy processing plant in Wales with a turnover of £45million a year and employing 200 people.
Farmers were reportedly told about the closure by text message and one farmer told BBC Wales that farmers in the region were “on edge” and “we don’t know what is happening from day to day.”