The woman in charge of Arla’s £150 million megadairy in Aston Clinton says she still has to pinch herself every day she arrives for work.
Operations manager Jo Taylor oversaw the production of the first batch of milk at the dairy this week.
She said: “I still pinch myself everyday when I come to work, it is such an amazing facility. Equally important to me is the great team with which I am working. They are all equally enthusiastic and excited by the potential the site has to offer and the fact it has set a global standard in the dairy industry.
“To work at the world’s largest fresh milk dairy, which utilises all the latest processing and environmentally friendly technologies isn’t an opportunity that comes around everyday and I consider myself very privileged.”
The 37 year old joined the Aston Clinton project team before taking over the day-to-day running of the site.
She has worked at Arla for 10 years, previously at their Oakthorpe dairy near Enfield where she held team leader, production and technical manager positions.
She said the dairy, which was opposed by many local residents at planning stage, was looking to liaise closely with the community.
“At the early stages of the dairy’s development, we established a community liaison group meeting and held meetings, which are attended by key stakeholders from the local area, to open up communication between Arla and the local community.
“We are continuing our dialogue with the liaison group every two months.”
Builders are still putting the finishing touches to the dairy and an official opening won’t happen until the summer.
A visitor centre will open in the new year so that the public and schoolchildren can learn more about the dairy.
Peter Lauritzen, chief executive officer of Arla Foods, said: “Our Aylesbury dairy is the largest single investment for the co-operative and, as market leader, Arla is setting the future standard for the dairy industry.
“We are now beginning to ramp up our operations.”