***HSBC provides six-figure funding package***

***Brades Farm Dairy set to increase turnover by 30 per cent***

Lancashire-based dairy Brades Farm looks set to expand its specialist barista milk business with the help of a six-figure funding package from HSBC.

Brades Farm Dairy is currently the market pioneer for specialist barista milk and is one of the sole producers in the UK. Spurred on by a passion for coffee, the business spotted a gap in the market for specialist milk to supply the rapidly growing independent coffee sector. Brades Farm Barista Milk has become increasingly popular amongst independent London coffee shops who praise the boutique product for its taste and ability to hold ‘latte art’ for longer.

HSBC’s funding package has supported Brades Farm to purchase over 120 Jersey cows, which produce unique high butterfat and high protein milk, and expand its livestock housing premises. The business has already increased its production capacity by 200 per cent and has started growing sales in Manchester and other UK cities.

Brades Farm now expects to recruit two new members of staff and increase its turnover by 30 per cent in the next 12 months. 

Joe Towers, General Manager of Brades Farm Dairy, said: “Our family has been farming in the Lune Valley in Lancashire for 14 generations and our history in this area is important to us. To be able to bring a contemporary product like Brades Farm Barista Milk to the latest independent coffee shops of the UK from the Lune Valley is something we’re incredibly proud of. HSBC’s funding will now help us realise our ambitions to produce barista milk for coffee lovers nationwide.”

Andrew Smith, Agriculture Director for HSBC in Lancashire, said “Brades Farm Dairy have created a unique and bespoke milk product with barista milk and we are delighted to support them as they develop this product further. Boutique coffee has always found an audience but is currently experiencing new levels of popularity and demand from coffee houses in large cities like London and Manchester.  The Towers’ family are now well placed to fulfil this increased level demand for their barista milk. We look forward to continuing to work with The Towers’ family in support of their business as it moves to the next level.”

 Brades Farm Dairy is the British Farming Awards Dairy Innovator of the Year 2017.

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