GRAHAM’S DAIRIES has scooped a contract worth about £1m to supply milk and dairy products to Scottish universities.

The three year deal was described as a “fantastic coup” by Robert Graham, managing director of the family-owned dairy company.

It should boost bottom-line profits, which jumped 10% last year to reach £905,000 on sales of £19m.

The company has traditionally focused on the middle ground market of hotels, restaurants, schools and independent retailers, said contracts manager Albert Hope.

“We are broadening our customer base and, hopefully, winning this tender will help to open more doors for Graham’s in terms of public authority contracts,” he added.

The firm, which took over Angus Dairies in January 2004, has just opened a new state-of-the-art depot at Brechin, replacing three smaller buildings around the north of Scotland.

“This investment in new facilities at Brechin underlines our commitment to strengthening our offer in the north-east while providing excellent working conditions for our staff,” said Mr Graham.