The first shipment of UK organic UHT milk has been delivered to China, through the international partnership between the respective UK and US organic co-operatives the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCo) and Organic Valley/CROPP. Organic Valley is the leading imported organic dairy brand in China. It recently moved the production of UHT milk for China from the US to Europe, following a successful accreditation process.
As a result, OMSCo has agreed to supply a European processor with milk certified organic by both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Chinese certification bodies. The first three consignments of UHT organic milk have now arrived in the ports of Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen ready for distribution throughout China.
Richard Hampton, managing director at OMSCo, says: “In 2013 we became the first European organic producer certified to USDA organic standards. In 2015 we achieved accreditation to Chinese standards through the Soil Association. Meanwhile, our historic partnership with Organic Valley, also announced last year, has allowed us to look together at ways of using our combined milk pools in the most efficient manner on a global scale.”
Organic Valley has established export markets, making it an attractive partner for OMSCo. Mr Hampton continues: “The marketing agreement we have with Organic Valley demonstrates the huge benefits that can be gained with co-operation. Our strategy remains to supply quality raw milk and specialist ingredients to strategic customers under long-term arrangements, rather than the distribution and sale of retail products in these markets.
“Organic Valley is the largest imported organic dairy brand in China, a country with strong market growth potential and low penetration of organic products. This partnership offers both co-operatives huge growth potential, fulfilling orders with certified USDA milk.
“Chinese certified UHT organic milk adds to our growing portfolio of products in international markets, and gives us great confidence in the future of UK organic dairying. Our global approach to marketing has proved to be hugely successful and continues to go from strength to strength,” he finishes.
The agreement gives Organic Valley greater flexibility to serve domestic and international markets and meet regulatory and supply chain requirements sustainably and profitably. George Siemon, CEO at Organic Valley, says: “The market for certified organic milk continues to grow at home and abroad. Co-operation between two of the world’s largest USDA organic milk pools is a great way to serve growing global demand and its complexities.”