9 February 2000
Axis sets top organic milk price
By FWi staff
A NEW milk marketing co-operative for diary farmers is set to pay 2p more per litre for organic milk than the leading player in the field.
Axis has announced a package for organic milk based on a price to farmers of 31.5ppl.
This compares with 29.5ppl which the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative pays to producers.
A spokesperson for OMSCo, which supplies 80% of organic milk in Britain, said the co-op was concerned by this development.
OMSCo fears the Axis package could divide producers and weaken their position to negotiate a fair deal in the long term.
Axis chairman Poul Christensen announced the deal at a meeting of organic farmers in Wales.
He said: “This package is built around the needs of organic customers and members of the Axis business as a whole.
“We are committed to developing the fast-growing organic market in partnership with our customers.
“Our organic and in-conversion members have told us they need secure markets, the flexibility to benefit from regional identity, a good price and commitment from their marketing business.
“They want representation and a membership package which reflects the particular needs of the organic sector.
“Organic milk is important to our business and the package we have announced today will enable us to provide real benefits to customers and members.”
Axis, which covers the Midlands and Wales, is one of the three new farmer-owned co-operatives which will replace Milk Marque when it disappears in April.