The UK was one of the early export markets for Kavli and its Primula Cheese brand was first sold in the UK in 1929. It soon became established as a popular favourite and as volumes grew, Kavli began to look for a UK manufacturing base. Our first UK factory was opened in 1936 near to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the North East coast of England and under the leadership of Knut Kavli, the UK business was established.
In 1961 Kavli moved into a purpose built site on the Team Valley in Gateshead. Over the years the site has been expanded and modernised creating a facility that is approved to the stringent BRC quality standards for food hygiene and manufacture.
In 1997 Kavli Limited acquired the Castle MacLellan pâté business located in Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland. This business has been integrated into the UK operation in a manner which retains its identity and allows us to maintain the special links with Scottish sourced ingredients which has played an important role in the company’s success over the years.
In 2013 Kavli Kavli Limited acquired the St Helens Farm business located in York. St Helens Farm is producing a range of delicious goats’ milk products that are packed fresh every day.
Kavli UK currently has 241 employees across its three sites and makes a range of food products including cheese spreads, snacks and dips under the Primula brand and chilled pâté and cheese bakes under the Castle MacLellan brand and goats’ milk products under the St Helens Farm brand. We also manufacture a range of private label products for UK supermarkets.