Dairy Farmers of Britain chief exec stands down

Dairy Farmers of Britain chief executive Andrew Cooksey is to stand down after the co-op announced this week that it had completed its planned restructuring programme.

The programme of measures outlined last November aimed to rationalise DFB’s dairy network, decentralise the business and reduce costs. The co-op has now been separated into a ‘milk supply and cheese’ division headed by Martin Armstrong and a ‘liquid milk’ division headed by Gerry Smith. Both will work alongside chief financial officer Mark Strickland and report directly to the Board.

As part of the restructuring programme, DFB also announced the closure of its dairies at Portsmouth and Fole in Staffordshire, and job cuts at its Nantwich head office and factory at Blaydon, Tyne & Wear.