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.”


Issued by Ali Parker, Pinstone Communications,, 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: