Dairy Crest Direct launches first UK Producer Organisation

Published 21 May 15

The first UK Dairy Producer Organisation (DPO) was launched on 20 May in London by Dairy Crest Direct. Becoming an official DPO gives its representatives the legal authority to negotiate contract terms and milk prices on behalf of its farmer members, strengthening its bargaining position from 1 July. It also means that all changes to milk prices and contracts will be agreed through negotiation rather than at the discretion of the buyer.

For those who choose to remain outside of the DPO, milk prices will continue to be set on a discretionary basis. However, there is no guarantee that the price will be the same as the DPO negotiated price. Any new contract offers to supply DC will be available only through the DPO.