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Omsco comes 1st



Omsco comes 1st

in the Best Organic Hard Cheese class…
in the first ever Virtual Cheese Awards

  • Due to the Covid-19 crisis, most cheese awards and shows around the country have been cancelled. So, Nigel Pooley ( Cheese Grader and Product Development Manager from Wyke Farms ) and Sarah de Wit ( Ex  Asda chief cheese taster and consultant  ) decided to launch the world’s first Virtual Cheese Awards.
  • Judging of the classes took place  last week at various locations around the country with the final judging to  announce Category winners and Supreme Champion taking place live on Saturday 18 July.
  • The event was to celebrate the cheese industry, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the specialist British cheese producers who have suffered through the current crisis. All profits from the Virtual Cheese Awards are being  donated to the Specialist Cheesemakers Association and RABI.
  • The awards covered 31 British classes of cheese including Creamery Cheddar, Best Cheshire, Best Lancashire, Best Wensleydale, Best stilton, Best Organic Hard Cheese and so on .
  • Our winning entry, from a field of six was Organic Kingdom Mature Cheddar, which scored maximum points in its class and  also took third spot  in the Best Specialty Cheese Category.
  • We are delighted to have won another cheese award again so building on the successes we enjoyed at the various cheese shows in 2019


Nicholas Saphir to hand over chair of organic dairy co-op Omsco

The Board of Omsco is pleased to announce that Neil Kennedy will take over as chairman of Omsco from Monday 4 May 2020. After 18 years as executive chairman of Omsco Nicholas Saphir will hand over the reins for the next exciting phase of the co-operative’s development.

Nicholas Saphir to hand over chair of organic dairy co-op Omsco

The Board of Omsco is pleased to announce that Neil Kennedy will take over as chairman of Omsco from Monday 4 May 2020.

After 18 years as executive chairman of Omsco Nicholas Saphir will hand over the reins for the next exciting phase of the co-operative’s development.

Nicholas has steered the company from being a small specialist organic producer group to become the world's second largest dedicated organic dairy co-operative.

“Omsco has come a long way. From small beginnings Omsco is now a co-operative of 250 farmer members who produce over 50% of the UK's organic milk supply. Our long-standing partnerships in the UK with Yeo Valley and Wyke and in the USA with Organic Valley (CROPP) have been the cornerstones of our success. Omsco’s opportunities at home as well as our added value exports to markets from the USA and EU to Australasia, place Omsco in an excellent position to take advantage of the future” he explains.

“Success is totally down to the readiness of our members to innovate. They have responded to market demands and standards, supporting a management team which is committed to seeing the future as part of a global market.”

Nicholas says that Omsco has punched well above its weight during the last 25 years; “I’m proud to have been involved with such a forward-thinking group of farmers, management and customers. I’m confident that, under Neil’s chairmanship, Omsco and its members will continue to prosper in an increasingly changing world."

Neil has been a non-Executive Director on the Omsco Board since 2016. He is also Chairman and co-owner of Crediton Dairy, Chairman of Rodda’s, and a non-Executive Director of Belton Cheese and Ornua UK. He was Chief Executive of Milk Link from 2008-2012, having worked across the dairy industry for over 30 years.

Commenting on his appointment Neil stated that; “I am delighted to be taking over as Chairman of Omsco from Nicholas, who leaves the business well placed for the next phase in our development.”

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Issued by Ali Parker, Pinstone Communications, ali@pinstone.co.uk, 01568 617664

About Omsco

Omsco was formed in 1994 by five dairy farmers with a shared belief that there was a ‘better way to farm’. Their collaboration created the UK’s first national pool of organic milk. Now twenty-five years old, Omsco has 250 members nationwide, produces over 50% of the UK’s organic milk and has a global market for its dairy products and ingredients.

It is the largest UK organic dairy cooperative and the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world with an annual turnover reaching £100m.

Omsco supplies much of the UK’s organic dairy processing needs, including 75% of organic Cheddar sales, and is Britain’s leading exporter of organic cheese, butter, raw milk, whey and specialist ingredients to the EU, USA, Australasia and Asia. Read more about Omsco here: http://www.omsco.co.uk/



Omsco organic cheese honoured at global awards ceremony

Omsco has been recognised again for its world-leading products after receiving six awards for its USDA-certified Organic Kingdom Cheddar range at the 2019 Global Cheese Awards. The UK’s largest farmer-owned and farmer-run organic dairy co-operative, which supplies over 70% of the UK’s organic Cheddar, was awarded with three ‘gold’ results in the categories of “UK organic cheese”, “finest mature Cheddar” and “cheese for export in commercial packaging”.

Omsco has been recognised again for its world-leading products after receiving six awards for its USDA-certified Organic Kingdom Cheddar range at the 2019 Global Cheese Awards.

The UK’s largest farmer-owned and farmer-run organic dairy co-operative, which supplies over 70% of the UK’s organic Cheddar, was awarded with three ‘gold’ results in the categories of “UK organic cheese”, “finest mature Cheddar” and “cheese for export in commercial packaging”.

Running for over 155 years, the Global Cheese Awards provide producers and retailers with a platform to showcase their latest and best offerings. With fierce competition in every category, the event engages world-class judges to select the winner from thousands of entries from across the globe.

“This is a fantastic achievement for both the company and our 250 farmer members across the UK,” says Michael Pollak, brand manager at Omsco.

“These awards pay tribute to the high-quality  milk produced by our farmer members and the skills of our cheesemaking partner Wycke Farms.   They also help us to secure access to the premium overseas markets for our dairy products and ingredients which are critical to  Omsco delivering  a stable and sustainable return to members,” he adds.

Originally formed in 1994 by five like-minded dairy farmers, Omsco has since grown to become the UK’s leading exporter of organic cheese and the only large-scale European producer of USDA-certified organic milk and dairy products.

Along with the gold results, Omsco was also named “best in category” for their organic cheese, was crowned “UK reserve champion” and was presented with a ‘bronze’ result for its extra mature UK cheddar.

 

Issued by

Ali Parker, Pinstone Communications, ali@pinstone.co.uk, 01568 617664

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

Notes to editors

Omsco was formed in 1994 by five  dairy farmers with a shared belief that there was a ‘better way to farm’.  Their collaboration created the UK’s first national pool of organic milk.  Now twenty-five years old, Omsco has 250 members nationwide, produces over 50% of the UK’s organic milk and has a global market for its dairy products and ingredients.

It is the largest UK organic dairy cooperative and the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world. With an annual turnover reaching £100m it remains the only national 100% organic farmer-owned and farmer-run British dairy cooperative in the UK.

Omsco supplies the majority of the UK’s organic dairy processing needs, including 75% of organic Cheddar sales, and is Britain’s leading 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 domestic and export business. In 2015 Omsco and Organic Valley agreed a mutual financial stake in each other’s cooperatives, cementing a long-term alliance.

Omsco also works in partnership to supply Yeo Valley with milk for its organic yoghurt and cream; and with Somerset-based cheesemaker Wyke Farms, to produce its award-winning range of Organic Kingdom Cheddars.

Read more about Omsco here: http://www.omsco.co.uk/



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