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The Independent Producer Group (IPG), which has 120 members accounting for 200m litres annual production, was formed in July and is gaining support daily, according to group secretary, Ros Rimmer.
And, despite rumours of brokerages establishing themselves across the country, Ms Rimmer said that the IPG does not aim to become a political group which encourages producers to hand in contract resignations on masse.
“It is vital we have a united voice when discussing contractual issues,” she added. “Initially, producers met to discuss issues they had with the Tesco contract they were about to sign.”
“Instead of refusing to sign, producers thought it important to take issues forward positively for themselves as well as processors, which is why the IPG was established.”
Having gained support regionally, the group is now gauging interest in forming a national group and is particularly interested in gaining support from Tesco dairy suppliers.