The Arla Foods Milk Partnership, Arla Foods UK’s direct supply group, could soon acquire a tranche of Arla’s UK business.

Arla Foods UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen has invited AFMP members to nominate a negotiating team of producer-directors to begin a dialogue.

“We anticipate a structure through which members of the partnership will acquire part ownership of the business, alongside Arla Foods Amba,” he said.

Arla’s Scandinavian parent was committed to strenthening its relationship with UK farmers, he added.

“There is much work to be done and we hope this will lead to our direct suppliers taking part ownership of the UK business.”