THE ORGANIC Milk Suppliers Co-operative has launched a new scheme to improve collaboration and partnership across the organic dairy industry. 

The initiative, funded by DEFRA, aims to encourage new forms of partnering and co-operation between producers, processors and retailers. 

It also plans to improve marketing, develop new supply chain channels, support research and develop organic milk production quality and standards.

The co-op launched OMSCo Partners this week (w/e Nov 5)  at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

At the reception DEFRA minister Ben Bradshaw said: “OMSCo‘s project could improve collaboration in the industry, and add value to milk production.

“Both play an important role in improving the fortunes of producers. This initiative is therefore exactly the kind of project DEFRA wants to encourage, and I wish it every success.”

OMSCo‘s chief executive, Sally Bagenal, added: “OMSCo Partners will enable the industry to work together towards a sustainable future for organic dairy farming.”

Current partners include Yeo Valley Organic and others following include the Organic Arable Marketing Group. 

OMSCo has also relaunched its website to mark its 10th anniversary, with better accessibility and full information on organic milk production.