Irish dairy giant Glanbia has confirmed it is in talks with one of the UK’s leading milk co-operatives. In a statement, Glanbia played down talk of a takeover of Milk Link, but said it was “discussing potential opportunities for partnership in serving the UK cheese market”.

Both companies said the talks were ongoing and as yet no conclusions had been reached.

However, Glanbia said it was committed to continuing to have an ongoing role in the UK cheese sector, whatever the outcome of the discussions.

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Sainsbury is to be recognised for its promotion and sales of free range eggs.

The retailer will be handed the title of ‘Good Egg’ at the British Free Range Egg Producers Awards next week.

The awards are designed to acknowledge support for free range and commitment to food quality and animal welfare.

Sainsbury said it has increased volume of sales on free range by 22.1% and organic by 16.3%.

Jon Arnold, buying manager, said: “We have seen double- digit growth on both free range
and organic over the last year.”

Tom Vesey, BFREPA chairman, said: “It’s because of commitment from companies like Sainsbury that millions of hens enjoy a free range lifestyle.”

Formula one ace David Coulthard is been the latest star to add his weight to the Scottish milk campaign.

Coulthard will join the girls of Atomic Kitten and other celebrities to appear on posters with a milk moustache.

The move is part of the White Stuff campaign by the Scottish Dairy Marketing Company and Milk Development Council, which aims to increase milk consumption among Scots.

Sandy Wilkie, chairman of the SDMC, said: “We are thrilled to have such a major sports personality’s support for the campaign.”

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