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Promising outlook announced by OMSCo

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo), reported a successful year-end at their annual members conference, with an average increase of 1.65ppl in member returns for the financial year ending 31st March 2018. At the ‘OMSCo Together’ event, which achieved record attendance from members, chairman, Nicholas Saphir, announced that the current financial year is also progressing well.

Promising outlook announced by OMSCo

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo), reported a successful year-end at their annual members conference, with an average increase of 1.65ppl in member returns for the financial year ending 31st March 2018.

At the ‘OMSCo Together’ event, which achieved record attendance from members, chairman, Nicholas Saphir, announced that the current financial year is also progressing well.

“Although we anticipate considerably more organic milk becoming available in continental Europe over the coming months, and have witnessed oversupply in the USA, UK demand has recovered and we’re successfully balancing demand with supply,” he says. “We’re continuing to manage the challenges of the global dairy market with the potential impact of an impending Brexit.”

OMSCo’s strategy to spread risk through international market and product diversification remains key to their success. Over the past five years the cooperative has secured global alliances with Organic Valley and Eko Holland, and partnerships with UK and European processors including Wyke and Alpavit, all of whom were featured at the conference.

“We also believe there are growing opportunities for OMSCo's award-winning, USDA-certified cheese brand, Organic Kingdom, and organic butter in the USA.”

With 25% of the milk produced by OMSCo approved by the USDA for export to the USA, Nicholas is confident this will be an increasing part of the long-term business strategy. However, he acknowledges the risk that may arise should the government be unable to secure ongoing recognition of UK standards and a mutually acceptable future trade agreement.

“Dairy farming exports to Europe and the continuing use of toll processing, will solely depend on whether there is a hard, soft, or transitional Brexit,” he says.

“However, we continue to make progress through government lobbying, to ensure the mutual recognition of standards with the USDA once we leave the EU. The big challenge will be to see this recognition with Europe by 30th March 2019.”

Nicholas’ speech was followed by comments from Mark Garnier MP - previously minister of the Department of International Trade and recently appointed to be the UK’s regional trade envoy to the US - who says the UK needs to think ‘more globally’, to capitalise on the ‘brave new world’ post-Brexit.

“There is strong demand for high-quality agricultural produce from UK farms, but we need to change our culture to one that seeks out global opportunities,” he says.

“With UK exports currently equating to around 27% of GDP -  much lower than comparable economies such as Germany - we need to improve our export performance. Through the Trade Department, the government provides 186 offices in 107 countries around the world, to specifically help British exporters do just that,” he adds.

With aspirations for over 40% of OMSCo’s future sales to come from exports and added-value dairy products, and 2019 marking the cooperative’s 25th year, Nicholas is positive about the future.

“As we focus on maintaining strategic relationships and existing trade agreements in Europe, we will also continue to drive opportunities for organic dairy on a global level.”

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Beth Dixon, Pinstone Communications, E: beth@pinstone.co.uk, T: 01568 617623 or M: 07460 936342

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

Notes to editors:

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.

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



Organic dairy alliance announces joint business identity

Wyke Farms and OMSCo have today announced the launch of their new joint business identity ‘The British Organic Dairy Company.’ The collaboration will provide a more robust, yet flexible, operation to produce key organic dairy products, for domestic and global markets. “In July, we announced that we were forming a partnership with Wyke Farms,” says OMSCo’s managing director Richard Hampton. “The partnership, within which we both have an equal share, provides us with a focus to grow organic dairy opportunities together.

Organic dairy alliance announces joint business identity

Wyke Farms and OMSCo have today announced the launch of their new joint business identity ‘The British Organic Dairy Company.’

The collaboration will provide a more robust, yet flexible, operation to produce key organic dairy products, for domestic and global markets.

“In July, we announced that we were forming a partnership with Wyke Farms,” says OMSCo’s managing director Richard Hampton. “The partnership, within which we both have an equal share, provides us with a focus to grow organic dairy opportunities together.

“The launch of our business-to-business brand, ‘The British Organic Dairy Company’, is an exciting development and will enable us to facilitate the sales and marketing of our products under a joint brand identity.”

At the heart of the partnership is a desire from both companies to vertically integrate to produce a guaranteed supply of high quality, good value organic dairy products across the globe.

“By working with Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese maker, we can provide a unique proposition to distributors and retailers and take advantage of growing markets,” says Mr Hampton.

He adds that OMSCo has proven expertise in producing organic milk to specific export standards and already has EU, USDA and Chinese certification.

“Through the partnership, Wyke Farms will source all their organic milk requirements from ourselves, providing a flexible, yet guaranteed, supply of organic milk. And in turn, we will also take a share in the ownership of bulk organic cheddar stocks.”

Richard Clothier, managing director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms, explains that the company is excited about the opportunities the partnership, and subsequent joint identity, presents.

“We know that global demand for organic dairy is growing, but we’re also aware of domestic opportunities.

“For instance, the UK organic cheese category is currently under performing relative to overall organic dairy, with just 1% market share within cheese, compared to 5% in liquid milk and 8.5% in yogurt,” says Mr Clothier.

He attributes this shortfall to supply chain issues, such as, poor-quality driving low repeat purchase, sporadic supply and a relatively costly supply chain.

However, he adds that through the partnership these issues will be mitigated. “Having a guaranteed supply of organic milk and mutual focus on growing the category will enable us to increase our stock levels and produce more cost-effective products.

“This will create a solid platform to grow sales of organic dairy products and enable us to reach the potential of a growing world market, now and post-Brexit,” adds Mr Clothier.

“The alliance brings together quality and excellence in organic dairy production, from the world’s second largest 100% organic milk producer, combined with award winning cheddar quality from Wyke Farms; the most sustainable cheese maker in the world – it really is a world beating collaboration.”

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Helen Maiden Pinstone Communications T: 01568 617623 or M: 07890 097906

 

Notes to Editor:

The British Organic Dairy Company

The British Organic Dairy Company is a new joint venture between Somerset based cheddar maker Wyke Farms, and OMSCo, the world’s second largest dedicated organic milk pool. The collaboration combines organic dairy excellence from OMSCo, with award winning standards from the most sustainable cheese maker in the world.  Wyke Farms and OMSCo have a long-standing relationship of over 25 years, and until 2017 had worked together on processing. This year marks the start of their joint aim to become the supplier of choice across the world for organic cheese, butter and premium cheese by-products. The business is committed to growing the organic dairy category and making the best quality, most sustainable organic dairy products in the world to the benefit of their customers, farmers, cows, the environment, suppliers and shareholders.

 

 

 

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo) was formed in 1994 by a group of dairy farmers with a shared belief that there is simply 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.  OMSCo is now the largest UK organic dairy cooperative and the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world. It remains the only 100% organic farmer-owned and farmer-run British dairy cooperative in the UK with 270 members.

OMSCo has always taken the leading role in driving the awareness of the benefits of organic milk in the UK, and supporting and encouraging organic dairy farmers. 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. Due to the recent expansion of its organic cheese business with Wyke, OMSCo has also established itself as the only UK supplier of organic whey.

OMSCo was the first European dairy company under the EU-US Equivalency Agreement, to be able to sell dairy products in the US that are certified organic by the USDA. 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 took their partnership a step further by agreeing a mutual financial stake in each other’s cooperatives and cementing a long-term alliance. Earlier this year OMSCo announced a second strategic supply alliance with Europe’s third largest dedicated milk pool, Eko Holland.

OMSCo is the longest established organic dairy cooperative in the UK, now with an annual turnover of £100m.

http://www.omsco.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/omsco

 

Wyke Farms Ltd is a family run company based in the heart of the Somerset cheddar-making region.  The art of traditional cheese making will never be lost on the Somerset farm where the Clothier family have been making cheddar in Somerset since 1861. Today, Wyke Farms is one of the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK producing over 15,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 155-year-old recipe.

The Wyke Farms brand is the 4th largest brand in the Cheddar category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands with retail sales of over £60 million.

Wyke remains a truly traditional family business.  Ivy’s grandsons Richard and Tom now run the cheese making operations with their father John, whilst her other two Grandsons David and Roger run the family dairy farming operations.  The four grandchildren share Ivy’s passion for cheese making where flavour, texture and taste are paramount.  They believe that this attention to detail is the reason that their cheese has won more awards at national cheese shows than any other.

Wyke Farms are committed to sustainable farming and are proud to be the UK’s first national cheddar brand to become 100% self-sufficient in green energy.  Wyke Farms sources all of its electricity and gas from both solar and biogas, generated from the farm and dairy waste. The biogas energy is generated from its own anaerobic digester (AD) plant, which saves Wyke Farms over 20 million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum.  They have received national and international recognition for their on-going commitment to sustainability.

www.wykefarms.com

http://www.facebook.com/wykefarms



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.

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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Issued by:

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

Notes to editors:

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.

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



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