Dairy firm goes bust

**HOTSEAT INTERVIEW**'Howey Hegarty, Fylde Dairies
**HOTSEAT INTERVIEW**'Howey Hegarty, Fylde Dairies

AN award-winning dairy business with strong links to the Fylde has gone into administration.

Fylde Dairies was launched in 2007 by Howey Hegarty.

Early to get on board were dairy farmers John Sanderson, from Kirkham and Philip Critchely, from Wrea Green, both well known for the quality of their milk. Both were shareholders in the Preston-based firm, who sponsor AFC Fylde.

Administrators for Fylde Dairies, wholesalers of milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt and other quality products from the Fylde Coast, say there is no business as such to try and sell. How much creditors might receive would be determined largely by the proceeds of an online auction of tangible assets. The business had around 14 supplying producers on the Fylde.

Joint administrators Lila Thomas and David Acland, of Begbies Traynor (Central), said a report to creditors was normally produced within about eight weeks of their appointment. In this case, creditors included the bank, supplying farmers and processors. It is understood most of Fylde Dairies milk producers are now supplying another local processor.