Partnership in the works to assist organic dairy producers
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A new partnership is in the works to preserve and expand markets for organic dairy producers in the region.
The Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership comes after a number of producers were hit hard by Horizon Organic’s recent decision to end their contracts. Upwards of 35 brands have now committed to buying more from organic dairy producers. In turn, consumers will commit to buying a quarter of their weekly dairy purchases from one of those 35 brands.
Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of organic yogurt maker and dairy company Stonyfield, says they hope this will increase demand offer market stability to the 135 at-risk farms in the region. “The number one solution is we need to increase demand. We need to say to processors to brands who sell to our supermarkets and university cafeterias and our medical center cafeterias we need to say look we are happy to support you and we are happy to buy your products but look you need to keep our farmers alive too,” he said.
The partnership is also looking for grocers, restaurants, and cafeterias to sign on.
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