LacPatrick suppliers call for shareholders' meeting on merger plan
But board insists it has been 'pro-active' and transparent with farmers
There are mounting calls for shareholder meetings at LacPatrick Co-op to discuss the continuing uncertainty at the Ulster dairy processor.
Suppliers of the northern dairy have expressed anger and frustration at the lack of consultation from management at the co-op.
A Lacpatrick source pointed out that the co-op had written to its shareholders regarding recent developments and that it had met with farm organisations on both sides of the Border over the last week.
However, the ICMSA has backed calls for the co-op to hold a shareholders' meeting.
"We note that LacPatrick is communicating directly with individual farmer-members and with farm organisations, but we would think that the circumstances call for communication at shareholder level and that should be arranged," ICMSA president Pat McCormack said.
However, in a statement to the Farming Independent, LacPatrick insisted that it had been proactive in its communications with co-op members.
"LacPatrick has communicated directly with farmers as well as with farm organisations thus far and will continue to do so throughout this process," LacPatrick stated.
"LacPatrick proactively sought meetings with the IFA and the ICMSA in the Republic of Ireland as well as the UFU in Northern Ireland to inform them and their members of the recent developments in LacPatrick," the co-op statement added.