22 December 2000

Arla to see UK suppliers

ARLA Foods, the UK arm of the Danish/Swedish farmers co-operative, has invited its 600 farmer suppliers into discussions which could result in them taking a stake in the company.

A task-force, led by commercial director, Philip Wilkinson, has been created to develop the matter.

"As Europes biggest dairy company and largest farmer co-operative, Arla Foods, perhaps better than most, understands the difficulties facing UK dairy farmers and the need for constructive and long-term solutions."

Some observers suggest the move is Arlas response to criticism that it looks after the interests of its Scandinavian farmers rather better than its UK suppliers. &#42