Farmers For Action is tabling a bid for Express Dairies in the light of speculation that Danish dairy group Arla is about to clinch a deal. Chairman David Handley said that if the FFA succeeded it would hand control of Express Dairies to British dairy farmers, with the hope of it becoming a co-operative. He added: "We cannot allow this company to be swallowed up by a Scandinavian farming co-operative." But he said the offer would depend on support from UK farmers. Countryside Agency chief executive Richard Wakeford has praised the FFA for acting in the spirit of the government's Policy Commission report by seeking to unite the food chain. Handley said he had initially met Express last Thursday, with further meetings held throughout this week. Express Dairies refused to confirm that the FFA had made a bid. {{NEWS }}

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