18 January 2002

Torridge Vale steps in

TORRIDGE Vale, the Devon-based milk processing company, has stepped in to purchase Robert Wiseman Dairies Bideford milk distribution site.

A spokesman for Torridge Vale, which markets milk and milk products under the "Definitely Devon" label, said the deal to run the Bideford plant would maintain its business throughout the south-west.

Under a previous agreement with Wiseman in May 2001, the company agreed to supply the Bideford depot with most of its milk.

However, this is the fifth time in 10 years the Bideford distribution site has changed hands, but Tim Wall, chairman of Torridge Vale, doesnt see a problem.

"Most of the difficulties with this plant have been experienced through its location and the seasonal pattern of demand in the area. This requires particular logistics, which we can cope with." &#42