Union seeks answers from closed dairy

By Dan Colombini contact

- Last updated on GMT

The shock decision has left many dairy producers in Wales scrambling to find another processor for their milk
The shock decision has left many dairy producers in Wales scrambling to find another processor for their milk

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The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is seeking urgent clarification on the reasons behind the decision by Tomlinson‘s Dairies to close its doors and cease trading.

This shock decision came in with almost immediate effect and has left many dairy producers in Wales scrambling to find another processor for their milk.

As previously reported by Food Manufacture​ in July, the company was hit with a £200,000 fine​, after a worker suffered “life-changing injuries​” at one of its plants.

Tomlinson‘s has yet to comment on the reasons for the closure, however.

We are extremely concerned for our members who are affected and who have contacted us," ​said FUW vice president Eifion Huws.

No prior warning

We had no prior warning and are extremely disappointed that farmers are left in a predicament where they have no one to collect their milk​. 

If the speculation is true, and we have lost yet another major processor in Wales, this will come as a severe blow to farmers, workers and the industry as a whole at a time when significant efforts are being made to bolster and build on our unique Welsh brand​.

We will seek further clarification on the situation when we meet with Lesley Griffiths this week. This will be of major concern, given that the dairy is in a constituency that neighbours her own. We will also be discussing developments at a forthcoming meeting with constituency MP Susan Jones​.”

Another spokeswoman for the union also told Food Manufacture​ that it remained unclear how many jobs had been lost as a result of the move.

The decision by Tomlinson‘s to cease milk collection comes after a significant £22m funding boost​ in 2017, which saw an expansion of its cold storage facilities and the creation of 70 jobs.

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