Arrabawn on track to increase milk output
Arrabawn will process substantially more milk in 2015 than was the case last year despite the well-publicised defection of suppliers to both Dairygold and Glanbia during the spring.
Speaking at the society's AGM last Friday, co-op chief executive Conor Ryan told shareholders that milk throughput would by far exceed the 270m litres that the business processed in the pre-quota era.
Breaking the silence on the 'winners and losers' of the recent battle for milk supplies for the first time, Arrabawn CEO, Conor Ryan told shareholders that the Nenagh-based processor had gained as much milk as it had lost to its neighbours.
He said Arrabawn has lost 15 suppliers to Glanbia and gained 26.
Meanwhile the co-op lost 20 suppliers to Dairygold and gained 21.
"We are still receiving enquiries from suppliers who want to join Arrabawn and overall we will increase our supply for the year," Mr Ryan told the meeting.
He also stressed that "no special deals" had been done with new suppliers, adding that every farmer was "paid the same price".
There was criticism from shareholders that poor communication with suppliers had contributed to suppliers leaving the society and there were also issues with credit arrangements for farmers.