Ray of hope for DFoB suppliers in North Wales

Dairy farmers in North Wales left in limbo by last week’s Dairy Farmers of Britain collapse are being invited to talk to Milk Link, which has provisionally acquired DFoB’s Llandyrnog creamery.

Milk Link said it has agreed terms of the acquisition and would be finalising the legal documentation this week. The deal could be completed by 12 June “at the latest”, said a statement.

If ratified the deal could mean a secure outlet for about 300 dairy farmers supplying the plant, as well as safeguarding factory jobs and protecting the future of the plant.

Milk Link’s chief executive Neil Kennedy said: “This is great news for Milk Link and the loyal staff and farmers who are at the heart of the Llandrynog creamery. The acquisition of Llandrynog will complement our existing market-leading cheese business and we believe will deliver substantial business benefits over time.

Milk Link said it was actively recruiting farmers to supply the plant and woring closely with DFoB Council  members.

Meetingsare taking place today and tomorrow (8 & 9 June for former DFoB farmers interested in supplying Llandyrnog.  The meetings are arranged for:

*Ruthin Farmers Auction Mart, Denbigh Road, Clwyd  Monday 8th June 12 Noon (Map)
*Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool  Monday 8th June 7.30pm (Map)
*Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club  Monday 8th June 7.30pm (Map)
*Hunters Lodge Hotel, Crewe  Tuesday 9th June 7.30pm (Map)
*The Bluebell, Tissington, Ashbourne  Tuesday 9th June 7.30pm (Map)

Farmers interested in supplying the plant can contact Milk Link’s recruitment line on 01752 331 881 or milk buyers Peter Moffat (07767 225867) or Peter Bennett (07966 436201).