Friday, 12 June 2009

Blaydon dairy closure is a tragedy

The closure of the Blaydon site of Dairy Farmers of Great Britain, as announced today (http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/breaking-news/2009/06/12/almost-300-jobs-go-as-dairy-farmers-of-britain-collapes-61634-23865180/) is a sad end to a bad story.

It means milk will be driven further, there will be less choice and there is an increased chance milk will have to be imported. In addition lots of farmers are in problems and hundreds of workers are out of work at a terrible time. It's worth noting that this was a Co-op dairy until a year or two ago and has largely failed due to the withdrawal of the Co-op contract.

It seems like madness and it was a shame that local agencies couldn't have enough time to work with management. Much less seriously, it is also causing problems for local councils that provide school milk in traditional third pint bottles as this is the only local dairy that does them in this format.

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