AGM Conference & Dinner

We hosted our successful AGM Conference & Dinner on Thursday 29 October at the Albrighton Hall Hotel near Shrewsbury.

The event was well attended by members in the locality as well as members from West Wales, Cumbria and Scotland.

During the AGM, members had the opportunity to question our Board and they were introduced to our new chairman, Bill Mustoe.

This year, we added another dimension to the event by having a number of external speakers presenting during the Conference.

Our chief executive, Peter Humphreys opened the conference by delivering a business update where he talked about our rigorous cost cutting regime, the ongoing development of our cheese brands and our new market related pricing structure.

Robert Wiseman captivated the audience with his account of how the Wiseman business has evolved over the years and talked about the importance of Wisemans strategic partnership with First Milk.

Kevin Bellamy of Global Dairy Platform discussed a range of global dairy issues surrounding the industry including the recent dairy/health debate and the global dairy agenda which has been formulated to tackle climate change. Chris Longbottom of TNS market data service provided members with an insight into the retail landscape with particular reference to the dairy sector.

At the AGM Dinner in the evening, our guest speaker Jim Paice MP, Shadow Minister for Farming and Rural Affairs, outlined a number of agricultural priorities for a future Conservative Government including TB, food security and sustainability.

First Milk members can view key speeches at the AGM Conference on the 'News' section of the members website.

 

9 November 2009

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