South-East Milk Producers hold first annual meeting
South-East Milk Producers Ltd, formed last year following the breakway from Wexford Creamery prompted by its takeover by Glanbia, has just held its first annual meeting.
The meeting, at the Riverside Park in Enniscorthy, was well attended by suppliers and their family members, the majority from Wexford, with other members from Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois and Kildare.
A spokesperson said the producers' group was continuing to grow and was supplying Northern Ireland-based Strathroy with 70 million litres of milk annually.
Strathroy supplies supermarket chains, including Aldi.
'More than a third of Wexford Milk Producers suppliers joined Strathroy Dairy followed by a group of disillusioned Glanbia milk producers,' he said.
Prior to the official establishment cemented at last week's inaugural meeting in Enniscorthy, the spokesperson said an ad-hoc committee of 20 had worked tirelessly to protect members interests and to strengthen the good relationship with Strathroy Dairy.
'The committee of South-East Milk Producers will negotiate in the best interests of its members. More importantly, it will endeavor to preserve members integrity, by allowing them to have a collective voice in times of need,' he said.
Officers elected are Chairman John Roche, Vice Chairman and Pro, Arthur Clarke, SecretarY, Ornagh D'Arcy and Treasurer, Colin Mernagh.