The announcement last week by Lakeland Dairies that it is to switch their newly acquired Banbridge facility to a seasonal processing schedule should not have come as any big surprise.

If anything, the surprise in the announcement was that the site is to be retained at all. Perhaps the Brexit vote forced somewhat of a rethink, with the need to retain processing capacity for all NI milk bought by Lakeland in the event of any problems moving product across the border once the UK leaves the EU.