UK-based milk processor Wyke Farms has agreed to extend its collaboration with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo) to further enhance the production of organic cheese.

The partnership also aims to increase distribution and sales of the product.

Wyke Farms and OMSCo plan to increase their already extensive range of organic cheese that totalled more than 1000t last year.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wyke Farms will be responsible for sourcing all the milk required for organic cheese production from OMSCo.

“This new chapter presents an exciting opportunity to drive our joint business together."

OMSCo will further enhance its range of specialist organic cheese produced by Wyke Farms for export markets.

The company will also take a share in the ownership of bulk cheddar stocks for a proportion of domestic and export sales.

Wyke Farms managing director Rich Clothier said: “This arrangement means that Wyke and OMSCo have a fit for the future vehicle to supply the best quality organic cheddars to the world market. Our combined scale and efficiency makes us the logical supply partners for organic cheddar.

“It gives us the capacity and milk supply necessary to expand organic cheese production rapidly. It also gives us access to OMSCo’s different milk types to produce organic cheddar with different attributes and with access to different markets.”

With the increase in the milk quantity, both companies intend to capitalise on the growth of the organic market on a global scale.

OMSCo managing director Richard Hampton said: “OMSCo has, for a long time, supplied raw milk to Wyke for organic cheese making, and Wyke Farms have also produced organic cheese, skimmed milk and butter on our behalf using our specialist milk types for markets such as the US, where we have a unique accreditation and access.

“This new chapter presents an exciting opportunity to drive our joint business together, supporting the development of cheese stocks, as well as allowing us to further develop our supplies of UK organic whey for use in our rapidly expanding specialist ingredients business.”

As part of the extended collaboration, Wyke and OMSCo will also jointly own the maturing cheese stock so that cheddar can be supplied to the global market.