Digital Dairy Chain


The Digital Dairy Chain is creating two bespoke ‘Maker Spaces’ in Cumbria and Ayrshire.

Supporting Product Development

The ‘Maker Spaces’ in Cumbria and Ayrshire will give producers of dairy products and dairy-based food and drink the chance to develop new products or move from small-scale ‘kitchen creations’ into commercially viable production.

New Facilities

The first of the two new facilities will be located at the Appleby Creamery in Westmorland, Cumbria. With construction nearing its final stages, the official opening date of this Cumbria Maker Space will be announced soon.

What will they do?

These two pilot-scale facilities will support the development of any dairy-based food and drink products, however there will be a particular focus on novelty, health benefits or opportunity for import substitution – for example, fermented products such as Kefir, dairy desserts and non-UK cheese such as Halloumi and Feta.

Who can use the Maker Spaces?

These spaces will be available to all local producers, from small scale-up businesses to larger organisations looking to undertake NPD outside their own premises. There will also be advisory support available for farm-based businesses that are looking to diversify into ‘producer-processor’ activity on farm.
Find out if your location is within the project’s geographical region

Interested in using a Maker Space?

If you are interested to find out more about the facilities and equipment, or wish to visit  the Appleby Creamery Maker Space to see how we could help your business to grow, please contact us.

Your Maker Space Coordinator

Ant Hobson

Maker Space Coordinator

I began my career in the dairy industry working for one of the major dairy processors- operating various plant including milk processing/ packaging/ membrane plants/ spray dryers (and others).

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