22 December 2000
Wiseman off the hook

By Robert Harris

TRADE and Industry secretary Stephen Byers has decided to take no further action in relation to Robert Wiseman Dairies operations.

His decision follows a recent Competition Commission investigation into the supply of fresh milk to Scotland.

The inquiry was initiated after rival Claymore Dairies made a number of complaints about supply of milk to middle ground retailers, a market made up of 19 million litres-worth or about 70m.

Alan Wiseman, chairman of Wiseman, said: “We are pleased that after an exhaustive nine-month inquiry no action is to be taken.”

He added that there were more than 60 other retailers supplying the middle-ground sector in Scotland.