First Milk Ltd
Company typeCo-operative
Registered Office – 1 George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 1AL
Number of locations
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Chris Thomas (chairperson), Shelagh Hanock (chief executive)
ProductsDairy products
Revenue£456m (2023)
Number of employees

First Milk is a company based in the United Kingdom that supplies milk, cheese and other dairy products. It is a farmer owned co operative, which has around 700 members across Britain.[1] The company supplies a number of dairy based products which to customers in both the United Kingdom and are exported to international markets.[2]


Jim Paice became the company's chairperson in November 2012. At this time, the company's revenue was £579m.[3] Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board did a full review of the company on the same year.[4] The company delayed dividend payments to help cash flow problems in January 2015, due to lack of demand.[5] The company made about seventy redundancies in June the same year.[6] The company was the ninth largest dairy company in the United Kingdom in 2019, based on turnover.[7]


The company owns the brands The Lake District Dairy Co, Pembrokeshire Cheddar, Mull of Kintyre, Scottish Pride and Isle of Arran.[3]


  1. ^ "Who we are". First Milk. Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  2. ^ "Our products". First Milk. Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  3. ^ a b "Business Profile: Kate Allum, chief executive, First Milk - Farmers Weekly". 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ "first_milk_company_review_2012" (PDF). Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Dairy co-operative delays payments to farmer-members - Co-operative News". 15 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Dairy co-op launches governance review following job loss proposals - Co-operative News". 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ White2019-03-04T14:08:00+00:00, Kevin. "Who owns the dairy industry? The 10 biggest dairy companies in the UK". The Grocer. Retrieved 2020-07-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)