Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:22 GMT on Wednesday, 8th August 2012.
Protestors fight for talks at Farmfoods Cumbernauld site

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CUMBERNAULD’s Farmfoods have said that they will enter into negotiations as protestors blocked off the retailer’s main UK hubs.

Hundreds of protestors descended on Farmfoods’ sites in Solihull in the West Midlands, Warrington in Cheshire and here in Cumbernauld, in protest at the price which farmers are being paid for their milk produce.

Following the protests, which were held on Monday 6th August, Farmfoods’ Management officials announced that they would agree to hold talks with members of the coalition group, Farmers For Action, who campaign for fairer milk prices.

Farmers For Action vice chairman Andrew Hemming was at Farmfoods’ Solihull site and told Farmers Weekly: “The meetings were well-supported and good-natured but we had reached a stalemate with Farmfood’s management who refused to speak to us.

“It was the intervention of the police who broke the deadlock. They acted as go-betweens with the company and that allowed us to successfully speak to Farmfood's Managing Director Eric Herd", he told the Farmers Weekly magazine.

During the negotiations with officials from the campaign coalition, Farmfoods Managing Director, Eric Herd agreed to hold talks with milk price coalition members on Monday 13th August.

Mr Hemming described the nationwide protest-blockages as “amazingly well supported”, with over 300 producers at Farmfoods’ Warrington site, and more than 100 at the other two centres, including Cumbernauld.

The blockades were called off between midnight and 1:30 am on Tuesday morning, after the distribution centres had been shut down for more than six hours.

“The coalition is as strong and resolute as ever in our mission to get a price that exceeds our costs,” Mr Hemming added.