Welcome To Lactalis Stranraer

The mild, moist climate of South West Scotland is perfect for dairy farming and the area is one of the largest dairy fields in the UK, producing high quality milk.

Stranraer, the second largest town in Dumfries & Galloway, nearly 90 miles southwest of Glasgow, has been home to a creamery since 1899. Originally called the Galloway Cheese Company, over time (with a colourful history of liquidation, growth, mergers and acquisition), the creamery was to become the Caledonian Cheese Company.

In 1995 the site was bought by A. McLelland & Sons Limited and in turn in 2005, the Lactalis Group purchased A. McLelland & Sons Limited and with it the creamery in Stranraer comprising Caledonian Cheese Company Limited and McLelland Cheese Packing Limited.

Our Award-Winning Creamery

Our award-winning creamery, the Caledonian Cheese Company Limited manufactures award-winning Scottish cheddar and is the home of the Seriously® & Galloway Cheddar brands:

Seriously® was a proud recipient of a 2019 Great Taste Award, thanks to its distinctive, complex taste that’s tangy, with a hint of caramel that’s simply unlike any other cheddar. One of the hallmarks of Seriously® Cheddar is the calcium lactate crystals that develop during the long maturation process, giving a tantalising crunch.

Galloway® has been the family’s favourite Scottish cheddar brand since 1959. Made only with 100% Scottish milk and Red Tractor endorsed it has a smooth, creamy flavour that’s loved by Scottish families.

Caledonian Creamery Outside

We also manufacture whey powder at the creamery, supplying many well-known companies who use our products in a wide range of confectionery, ice creams and ready meals.

Stranraer Powder

Our State-Of-The-Art Packing Facility, McLelland Cheese Packing Limited

McLelland Cheese Packing Limited is our state-of-the-art packing facility, also in Stranraer, Scotland, packing block, grated & sliced cheddar under our brands Seriously® and Galloway® as well as retailer own brand.

Stranraer Packing 5

Why Work For Us In Stranraer?

The team in Stranraer has the secure backing of a global group that can offer a world of opportunity to the right candidates. The Lactalis Group, the global number one dairy company, has 266 production sites in 51 countries and a commercial presence in 150 countries. Lactalis’ success is a collective success; the 85,000 people who work for the Group in nearly 100 countries all share the desire to grow together and to share our passion and unique dairy know-how.

Locally within Stranraer, we have approximately 220 in our team which encompasses Cheese & Whey Production, Warehousing, Engineering, Packing, Quality and Laboratory, Finance, HSE, Lean/Continuous Improvement and HR.  We provide a competitive benefits package and the development opportunities that you would expect from a food company of our standing.

In addition to this, the site itself is located in an enviable, coastal location close to the shores of Loch Ryan and at the heart of the beautiful rolling landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland.  The area has much to offer with forest and green spaces, expansive beaches, woodland trails, dark skies, The Galloway Tourist Route and the South West Coastal 300 route and even a Unesco Biosphere.  We have an adventure playground on our doorstep.

We are well served for links to Ireland and both the central belt of Scotland and the north of England.  There is always lots to do in the area with the local Oyster Festival, Music Festivals, the internationally renowned Wigtown Book Festival, Gardens, Castles and Distilleries.