OMSCo deputy chairman awarded top industry accolade

OMSCo deputy chairman awarded top industry accolade

Lyndon Edwards, organic dairy farmer and deputy chairman of OMSCo (the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative) has been awarded the Dairy UK Award 2018 for outstanding services to the dairy industry.

Lyndon, who oversees the running of his 680-acre farm and business diversifications near Chepstow with his son Thomas, was commended by the judges for his longstanding commitment to the dairy sector, having lead numerous industry committees.

Nicholas Saphir, OMSCo executive chairman, explains that Lyndon was a worthy recipient. “Lyndon thoroughly deserves this award for his selfless work towards the future of the British dairy industry on so many fronts.

“He’s worked tirelessly to promote the industry on all levels, having worked in local, national and international roles that ensure he presents the very best of British dairying.

“In his role as deputy chairman at OMSCo he’s heavily involved with leading the organic dairy sector. His passion and effectiveness is undeniable, and he’s been instrumental in driving our membership forward, helping to deliver new opportunities both in the UK and globally,” says Nicholas.

In addition to his position as OMSCo’s deputy chairman, Lyndon also holds several senior industry roles such as chairman for the Action Group for Johne’s. He is also a Royal Association of British Dairy Farmer council member, and a former board member of Dairy UK.

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Hannah Rose, Pinstone Communications T: 01568 617664 E: h.rose@pinstone.co.uk

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About OMSCo

The Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCo) was formed in 1994 by a group of dairy farmers with a shared belief that there was a ‘better way to farm’. Now, nearly twenty-five years old, the passion and belief of those original members has inspired others; OMSCo has transformed its member base, customer base and market reach.

It is now the largest UK organic dairy co-operative and the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world. It is the longest established organic dairy co-operative in the UK, with an annual turnover of £100m and remains the only national 100% organic farmer-owned and farmer-run British dairy co-operative in the UK with 270 members.

OMSCo supplies the majority of the UK’s organic dairy processing needs and is the leading dairy exporter of organic raw milk, bulk ingredients, specialist ingredients and consumer products. OMSCo has also established itself as the only UK supplier of organic whey.

To spread risk OMSCo has created diverse and geographical spread markets, and as part of this strategy they were the first European dairy company under the EU-US Equivalency Agreement, to sell USDA certified organic dairy products in the US.

Effective trading partnerships are a cornerstone of OMSCo’s growth strategy and in 2013 OMSCo partnered with US organic giant Organic Valley, the world’s largest dedicated organic milk pool and $1bn brand at retail, to drive its US export business. In 2015 OMSCo and Organic Valley agreed a mutual financial stake in each other’s co-operatives, cementing a long-term alliance.

In 2017 OMSCo announced a second global strategic supply alliance with Europe’s third largest dedicated milk pool, Eko Holland.

A new joint venture with Somerset based cheddar maker Wyke Farms was also announced in 2017, operating under a joint business identity, The British Organic Dairy Company, the collaboration combines organic dairy excellence from OMSCo, with award winning standards from the most sustainable cheese maker in the world.

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