Arla Westbury deal helps British dairy industry balancing act
26 October 2010
The deal struck between Arla Foods UK and the British milk co-ops First Milk and Milk Link to give Arla a minority share in the Westbury processing facility is essential to maintaining the future for the Wiltshire plant.
Camilla Usher-Clark, part of the Burges Salmon food and drink team which acts for Milk Link, said in the wake of the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain it was very important that Westbury continued to operate.
“The Westbury facility plays an essential role in milk balancing which to an extent underpins the milk price. Keeping Westbury at full capacity, which this deal will help to ensure, not only secures the facility’s future but the future of the farmers behind it,” said Camilla.
The plant is the UK’s most modern skimmed milk powder and bulk butter production facility, but it is hoped the Arla deal will open up financing opportunities to widen the scope of production.
The Burges Salmon team, led by Alan Barr, represented Milk Link during the negotiations, working on both supply agreements and the property elements of the deal.