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Organic Kingdom Cheddar Scoops Five Awards in South West Cheese Awards

Omsco, the UK’s largest organic dairy co-operative, has scooped an impressive five awards for its range of Organic Kingdom Cheddars in this year’s South West Cheese Awards. The cheese, produced in partnership with Wyke Farms, won three golds in the Mild, Mature and Extra Mature Organic Cheddar sections of the competition; took silver position in the Organic Hard Cheese class and was awarded bronze in the cheese for export in final branded packaging category.

Omsco, the UK’s largest organic dairy co-operative, has scooped an impressive five awards for its range of Organic Kingdom Cheddars in this year’s South West Cheese Awards.

The cheese, produced in partnership with Wyke Farms, won three golds in the Mild, Mature and Extra Mature Organic Cheddar sections of the competition; took silver position in the Organic Hard Cheese class and was awarded bronze in the cheese for export in final branded packaging category.

Michael Pollak, brand manager, says this is a fantastic achievement for the Organic Kingdom brand, which we sell in the US. “We’ve worked hard to perfect our products over the past few years, and it’s superb to win awards in five categories.”

He explains that Omsco has been exporting organic dairy products to the US since 2013, when the business took the bold step to produce milk meeting USDA organic equivalent standards, without the use of antibiotics.

“We started this venture with just a few farms. However, in light of export sales growing steadily over the years, our specialist milk production has expanded rapidly since then,” says Michael

“And, as a result, we produce the only significant USDA-compliant dairy pool in Europe and are the UK’s largest exporter of organic dairy. This allows us to provide a stable and sustainable return to members,” he adds.

“These awards will really help promote our traditional range to American consumers. And, the timing is good, given a major new listing in the USA with Sprouts Supermarkets, a natural food store chain with over 300 stores.”

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Diane Bristow, Pinstone Communications, diane@pinstone.co.uk, 01568 617660

Beth Dixon, Pinstone Communications, beth@pinstone.co.uk, 01568 617665, 07464 936342

Notes to editors

Omsco was formed in 1994 by a group of dairy farmers with a shared belief that there was a ‘better way to farm’. Now twenty-five years old Omsco has transformed its member, product and customer base.

It is now the largest UK organic dairy cooperative and the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world. It is the longest established organic dairy cooperative in the UK, with an annual turnover of £90m and remains the only national 100% organic farmer-owned and farmer-run British dairy cooperative in the UK with over 250 members.

Omsco supplies the majority of the UK’s organic dairy processing needs and is the leading dairy exporter of organic cheese, butter, raw milk, whey and specialist ingredients.

To spread risk Omsco created a diverse and geographical spread of markets, and as part of this strategy they were the first European dairy company under the EU-US Equivalency Agreement, to produce and 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 cooperatives, 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 partnership 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.

Read more about Omsco here: http://www.omsco.co.uk/ and follow us on Twitter for our latest updates: https://twitter.com/omsco.



Success for Organic Kingdom cheese at Devon County Show

Organic Kingdom cheese from the British Organic Dairy Company (BODC), a joint venture between Omsco and Wyke Farms, has received a trio of firsts at this year’s Devon County Show.

Organic Kingdom cheese from the British Organic Dairy Company (BODC), a joint venture between Omsco and Wyke Farms, has received a trio of firsts at this year’s Devon County Show.

The business received first place in the Mature Cheddar Block, the Mature Cheddar Block – Modern and the Organic Cheese class.

“This is a great achievement for our Organic Kingdom brand. We’ve worked hard to perfect our product over the past few years, and it’s fantastic to be placed first in three categories,” explains brand manager Michael Pollak.

"Omsco is the biggest exporter of organic cheese to the US and these awards will really help promote our traditional range to American consumers,” he adds.

Organic Kingdom also secured second place for its pack design in the export category and was runner up in the Danisco Grand Prix – Finest Mature Cheddar class.



Opportunities grow for organic dairy

The global organic dairy market is anticipated to grow by over 50%, reaching US$28bn (£21.77bn) by 2023, with new uses for organic dairy ingredients being cited as a key growth driver.

According to the 2019 Global Organic Dairy Market Report released this week by three major players in organic dairy, the sector - currently worth US$18bn - is growing rapidly and creating new opportunities in the UK and globally.

The global organic dairy market is anticipated to grow by over 50%, reaching US$28bn (£21.77bn) by 2023, with new uses for organic dairy ingredients being cited as a key growth driver.

According to the 2019 Global Organic Dairy Market Report released this week by three major players in organic dairy, the sector - currently worth US$18bn - is growing rapidly and creating new opportunities in the UK and globally.

“Worldwide consumption, distribution and market reach of organic dairy is increasing, and now represents 20% of all organic food and drink sales globally,” explains Richard Hampton, managing director of Omsco.

“The organic dairy market in the UK specifically has also grown 3.1% year-on-year, and we’ve seen a 10% increase in the number of households who purchased organic milk since 2017.”

However, although the global liquid milk market is performing well, equating to 24% of all organic dairy sales, Richard explains that the primary driver of future growth is expected to be new markets and emerging product categories, such as cheese and specialist organic dairy ingredients.

“Historically, traditional dairy products such as liquid milk and yoghurt in Western markets have dominated sales,” he says. “However, although market penetration levels remain relatively low, growth has slowed as these markets have matured, whilst growth in added value categories such as cheese, infant formula and sports nutrition products has accelerated, particularly in emerging markets, such as the East.”

Organic infant formula and organic cheese are both expected to grow significantly over the next five to seven years, at 12.1% and 14% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) respectively.  

“Whilst there remain good development opportunities in traditional categories in traditional markets, the biggest winners will be those producers and regions who can produce a broad range of products and take advantage of global growth potential across a wide range of organic dairy applications” he says.

“The UK is already a net exporter of organic dairy products, in stark contrast to the overall UK dairy sector, which is the third largest net importer in the world. With no clear outcome in place for Brexit, the extent to which the UK can participate in this growth potential is unclear, and a no-deal Brexit will deliver what amounts to an export ban for organic products to the EU, as UK organic standards will no longer be recognised.”

Importantly, Richard says recent conversion of new producers into the organic sector means the UK has enough milk to sustain forecasted growth in the coming few years.

 “Organic dairy is a thriving part of the global organic food and drink market and the overall dairy sector, but innovation in market and product diversification will ultimately lead to the greatest opportunities globally. For the UK, how Brexit unfolds over the coming months will ultimately determine the speed at which Omsco can continue to capitalise on these opportunities.”



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