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OMSCo are building extra stocks of British organic cheese in the US for distribution by their US partner Organic Valley because of continuing uncertainties over organic standards and trading post-Brexit. A report by OMSCo, Organic Valley and Eko Holland in the Netherlands points to potential 50% growth in the global organic dairy market over the next 5yrs. In developed countries this will depend on new innovative and value-added products, and increased uses for organic dairy ingredients. While milk supply and demand are largely in balance in all three countries, or readjusting from oversupply, innovation in market and product diversification presents the greatest opportunity, they say. “The ongoing challenge to harness these opportunities is to build a global supply chain with the scale necessary to produce a high quality and sustainable source of organic products.”
The US Department of Agriculture have closed an investigation into Aurora Organic Dairy’s compliance with federal standards for organic products after no violations were found. According to the Denver Business Journal, the investigation by USDA’s National Organic Program was spurred by a May 1 report in The Washington Post that cast doubt on Aurora’s claims of being organic, including allegations that animals were not seen outside on pasture. Had the Post’s investigation been vindicated the company could have been charged for misleading consumers.