Russian ban set to cost Melksham dairy £750,000

This Is Wiltshire: Melksham-based Coombe Castle International sales manager Richard Green has to find new customers for 7 tonnes of cheese hit by a Russian import ban Photo: Glenn Phillips (49674-4) Melksham-based Coombe Castle International sales manager Richard Green has to find new customers for 7 tonnes of cheese hit by a Russian import ban Photo: Glenn Phillips (49674-4)

A Melksham dairy producer expects to lose £750,000 because of a Russian ban on food imports from a number of Western countries.

The tit-for-tat ban, imposed last Thursday, bars imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Coombe Castle International had to cancel a £50,000 cheese order due to be sent last week and is now having to find alternative places to send seven tonnes of cheese.

International sales manager Richard Green said he was very disappointed after working for several years to expand to Russia, a deal only put into practice at the start of this year.

He said this expansion meant eight per cent of their exports were set to go to Russia, which would have brought in £750,000 over the next year, the length of the Russian ban on imports.

“We’re probably going to lose £750,000 over the next 12 months,” said Mr Green.

“Personally it’s a bit gutting. I’ve been working on Russia for the last six years. It’s a brand new market and it was going very well.

“I don’t see why they’ve done it with food. The Russian people will suffer. But there’s nothing we can do about it.”

The company may have to sell some of its cheese, which all comes from Belton Farm in Shropshire, at less than cost price.

“Everyone’s after a deal,” said Mr Green.

“We’re working through seven tonnes we had all cut and packed ready to leave for Russia.

“We don’t do any cheese business in the UK, it’s all going further afield. Germany, Cyprus, Malta are our key markets, some will go to Scandinavia too. Everything needs to be repacked and relabelled.

“We’ve got to use it to our advantage and use it to open new doors. We hope to maybe get some new listings we don’t usually have.”

He said they were keen to continue trading with Russia once the embargo was lifted.

“Fingers crossed we can go back to Russia next August,” he said.

“We can see real promise there. We went from zero to 50 tonnes in six months this year.”

Firms like Marks and Spencer, which has 41 stores in Russia, have also been badly hit.

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5:53pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk says...

I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.
I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government. bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: 10

7:37pm Sat 16 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

bobmattfran@yahoo.co
.uk
wrote:
I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.
Hear, hear.

We inflict our wonderful democracy on anyone who will listen, they have elections, & the bl@@dy fools go and elect the "wrong" person. Then we have to fund a revolution to try to get the "right" people in power.

Ukraine had a democratically elected government. Syria has a democratically elected government.

Isn't Iraq just a wonderful place since we "liberated" them?

Do Cameron, Clegg & Obama really believe that Putin gives a toss what they think? He's worth a dozen or more of them.
[quote][p][bold]bobmattfran@yahoo.co .uk[/bold] wrote: I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. We inflict our wonderful democracy on anyone who will listen, they have elections, & the bl@@dy fools go and elect the "wrong" person. Then we have to fund a revolution to try to get the "right" people in power. Ukraine had a democratically elected government. Syria has a democratically elected government. Isn't Iraq just a wonderful place since we "liberated" them? Do Cameron, Clegg & Obama really believe that Putin gives a toss what they think? He's worth a dozen or more of them. frankie007
  • Score: 10

11:21am Sun 17 Aug 14

devilstail says...

bobmattfran@yahoo.co
.uk
wrote:
I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.
Let me get this right:
1. Russia invaded a sovereign state a.k.a known as the Ukraine.
2. The West has quite rightly imposed sanctions, against certain individuals in Russia.
3. Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17.
4. Russia has imposed it's own sanctions against the West, which now hits UK businesses.

…and you blame the UK Government for it?

Perhaps you ought to wake up smell the coffee and find out the facts, rather than rolling out a load of bull$h!t
[quote][p][bold]bobmattfran@yahoo.co .uk[/bold] wrote: I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.[/p][/quote]Let me get this right: 1. Russia invaded a sovereign state a.k.a known as the Ukraine. 2. The West has quite rightly imposed sanctions, against certain individuals in Russia. 3. Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17. 4. Russia has imposed it's own sanctions against the West, which now hits UK businesses. …and you blame the UK Government for it? Perhaps you ought to wake up smell the coffee and find out the facts, rather than rolling out a load of bull$h!t devilstail
  • Score: -5

11:22am Sun 17 Aug 14

devilstail says...

frankie007 wrote:
bobmattfran@yahoo.co

.uk
wrote:
I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.
Hear, hear.

We inflict our wonderful democracy on anyone who will listen, they have elections, & the bl@@dy fools go and elect the "wrong" person. Then we have to fund a revolution to try to get the "right" people in power.

Ukraine had a democratically elected government. Syria has a democratically elected government.

Isn't Iraq just a wonderful place since we "liberated" them?

Do Cameron, Clegg & Obama really believe that Putin gives a toss what they think? He's worth a dozen or more of them.
I take it you don't really know too much about Putin then?
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobmattfran@yahoo.co .uk[/bold] wrote: I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. We inflict our wonderful democracy on anyone who will listen, they have elections, & the bl@@dy fools go and elect the "wrong" person. Then we have to fund a revolution to try to get the "right" people in power. Ukraine had a democratically elected government. Syria has a democratically elected government. Isn't Iraq just a wonderful place since we "liberated" them? Do Cameron, Clegg & Obama really believe that Putin gives a toss what they think? He's worth a dozen or more of them.[/p][/quote]I take it you don't really know too much about Putin then? devilstail
  • Score: 0

11:58am Sun 17 Aug 14

bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk says...

Devilstail.

Wow a fully paid up member of the US philsophy might is right. I suppose you support illegal wars, regime change, destabilisng elected governments by funding thugs to shoot Ukraine policemen, installing a US puppet government, supporting an aprthied State tat indescriminatly bombs and shells women and children. Fortunately some people have a conscience and do not worship at the arrogant altar of greed, war and empire building. Get away with you.
Devilstail. Wow a fully paid up member of the US philsophy might is right. I suppose you support illegal wars, regime change, destabilisng elected governments by funding thugs to shoot Ukraine policemen, installing a US puppet government, supporting an aprthied State tat indescriminatly bombs and shells women and children. Fortunately some people have a conscience and do not worship at the arrogant altar of greed, war and empire building. Get away with you. bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: 3

1:25pm Sun 17 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

devilstail.

What facts are we talking about?

The fact that we aided the illegal takeover of a democratically elected government in Ukraine & that Russia moved to help those we ousted?

" Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17."
Do you have one shred of evidence to support that allegation? Or do you just choose to believe obama?
Don't you think that if anyone had any substantive evidence in support of that, it would be all over every news channel & paper in the west?

I suppose it's safely locked away in a filing cabinet along with all the evidence about all the WMDs in Iraq.

Please tell me what I don't know about Putin? Try to stick to facts this time, rather than more unsubstantiated rumours & propaganda.

For what it's worth I don't believe flight MH17 was deliberately shot down, in the knowledge that it was a commercial flight, much more likely to have been a tragic accident. There was 1 theory doing the rounds that the illegal government forces were told that it was Putin's plane, as the colours are very similar, & they believed they were shooting him out of the sky. If it was deliberate I would suggest that the west had more to gain than anybody else. Of course this is only my opinion as I don't have any evidence for either scenario. In fact no more than you for yours.

Me wake up?????
devilstail. What facts are we talking about? The fact that we aided the illegal takeover of a democratically elected government in Ukraine & that Russia moved to help those we ousted? " Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17." Do you have one shred of evidence to support that allegation? Or do you just choose to believe obama? Don't you think that if anyone had any substantive evidence in support of that, it would be all over every news channel & paper in the west? I suppose it's safely locked away in a filing cabinet along with all the evidence about all the WMDs in Iraq. Please tell me what I don't know about Putin? Try to stick to facts this time, rather than more unsubstantiated rumours & propaganda. For what it's worth I don't believe flight MH17 was deliberately shot down, in the knowledge that it was a commercial flight, much more likely to have been a tragic accident. There was 1 theory doing the rounds that the illegal government forces were told that it was Putin's plane, as the colours are very similar, & they believed they were shooting him out of the sky. If it was deliberate I would suggest that the west had more to gain than anybody else. Of course this is only my opinion as I don't have any evidence for either scenario. In fact no more than you for yours. Me wake up????? frankie007
  • Score: 9

3:49pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

devilstail said..." 3. Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17."

Do you have conclusive evidence that this was what happened? You must ask yourself... "Who actually benefited from that plane being shot down?"
devilstail said..." 3. Russian sponsored fighters have shot down and murdered people aboard commercial flight MH17." Do you have conclusive evidence that this was what happened? You must ask yourself... "Who actually benefited from that plane being shot down?" Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 11

4:52pm Sun 17 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

devilstail, here's a fact for you. It's not THE Ukraine, it's Ukraine.

Do you actually have a clue what a.k.a. stands for?
devilstail, here's a fact for you. It's not THE Ukraine, it's Ukraine. Do you actually have a clue what a.k.a. stands for? frankie007
  • Score: 15

5:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

devilstail says...

Ah I see the pedantic tin foil hat wearing brigade are in town today! Standing up for that bastion of Human Rights that is the Ex KGB puppet master Putin and his puppet regime in Moscow.
You keep believing the Conspiracy Theories!
Ah I see the pedantic tin foil hat wearing brigade are in town today! Standing up for that bastion of Human Rights that is the Ex KGB puppet master Putin and his puppet regime in Moscow. You keep believing the Conspiracy Theories! devilstail
  • Score: -8

8:34am Mon 18 Aug 14

wiltshirecouncilwherenobodygivesashlt says...

You seem to be a bit short of the facts you're telling others to learn Devilstail. So instead you roll out a load of **** about tin foil hats and conspiracy theories in the hope nobody will see through you.
You seem to be a bit short of the facts you're telling others to learn Devilstail. So instead you roll out a load of **** about tin foil hats and conspiracy theories in the hope nobody will see through you. wiltshirecouncilwherenobodygivesashlt
  • Score: 6

10:36am Mon 18 Aug 14

AMVanquish007 says...

Some people have short memories of what exactly happened when the Berlin Wall fell in 1990. Satellite countries ,of what was the USSR, went their own way to become sovereign states. It is no fault of the west that these countries have decided rather than go the route of a corrupt Russia headed by Putin which is basically holding the west and these states to ransom with its vast gas resources at exorbitant prices , that they wanted to align themselves to the EU model and want to join it to get a better deal. Worried that Russia would loose its naval bases in the Crimea prompted Putin to get at the Ukraine government and use backdoor methods to invade and subvert. He doesnt want them to align with the west which is their right to do under United Nation rules and rights regarding sovereign states. All of you bleating above complaining about the interfering West need to get their facts straight-Ukraines government asked the West for help because they were being held to ransom over the supply of gas by Russia and its pipelines.
As for flight MH17, if the US has the technology via photo satellite technology to confirm the rocket was fired from the area held by russian sponsored fighters then I am inclined to believe them.
And if the rocket came from a mobile launcher which was caught on film hurriedly going back to Russia to deliberately avoid questions then i know who i am more prepared to believe.
If the UN had any teeth 20000 UN troops should have gone in immediately to Ukraine, with their agreement , to surround the plane f demilitarize the zone and retrieve the plane and bodies. But Putin would have refused to allow anything like that to happenj and vetoed it - so what does that tell you!!
Just see over the years what Russia has vetoed in the UN and you get an indication of the mindset.
I sympathize with the melksham dairy but it shouldnt stop them from distributing and selling this consignment repackaged through outlets in this country through farmers markets or a willing supermarket chain
Some people have short memories of what exactly happened when the Berlin Wall fell in 1990. Satellite countries ,of what was the USSR, went their own way to become sovereign states. It is no fault of the west that these countries have decided rather than go the route of a corrupt Russia headed by Putin which is basically holding the west and these states to ransom with its vast gas resources at exorbitant prices , that they wanted to align themselves to the EU model and want to join it to get a better deal. Worried that Russia would loose its naval bases in the Crimea prompted Putin to get at the Ukraine government and use backdoor methods to invade and subvert. He doesnt want them to align with the west which is their right to do under United Nation rules and rights regarding sovereign states. All of you bleating above complaining about the interfering West need to get their facts straight-Ukraines government asked the West for help because they were being held to ransom over the supply of gas by Russia and its pipelines. As for flight MH17, if the US has the technology via photo satellite technology to confirm the rocket was fired from the area held by russian sponsored fighters then I am inclined to believe them. And if the rocket came from a mobile launcher which was caught on film hurriedly going back to Russia to deliberately avoid questions then i know who i am more prepared to believe. If the UN had any teeth 20000 UN troops should have gone in immediately to Ukraine, with their agreement , to surround the plane f demilitarize the zone and retrieve the plane and bodies. But Putin would have refused to allow anything like that to happenj and vetoed it - so what does that tell you!! Just see over the years what Russia has vetoed in the UN and you get an indication of the mindset. I sympathize with the melksham dairy but it shouldnt stop them from distributing and selling this consignment repackaged through outlets in this country through farmers markets or a willing supermarket chain AMVanquish007
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

frankie007 says...

Which government asked the West for help? Was it the democratically elected government of Ukraine, or the one we helped to install when we helped overthrow said democratically elected government?

Don't you find it even a little bit strange that the only piece of what can only be described as circumstantial evidence, our American brothers chose to share with us hasn't been shown since it was pointed out to them, that it actually showed a rocket launcher being hurriedly taken across the border in an area controlled by the illegal government forces. Now I wonder why they would do that.

Why do you think that the US are so reluctant to share their other evidence with us & put the matter to bed once & for all? Might it be that they're not exactly telling he truth, like they didn't exactly tell the truth about WMDs in Iraq.

Could the satellite pictures they allegedly have, show rockets being launched from the same launcher that illegal government forces were in such a hurry to get rid of?

Strange how all those with no evidence or facts with which to back their argument tell the rest of us to get our facts straight.
Which government asked the West for help? Was it the democratically elected government of Ukraine, or the one we helped to install when we helped overthrow said democratically elected government? Don't you find it even a little bit strange that the only piece of what can only be described as circumstantial evidence, our American brothers chose to share with us hasn't been shown since it was pointed out to them, that it actually showed a rocket launcher being hurriedly taken across the border in an area controlled by the illegal government forces. Now I wonder why they would do that. Why do you think that the US are so reluctant to share their other evidence with us & put the matter to bed once & for all? Might it be that they're not exactly telling he truth, like they didn't exactly tell the truth about WMDs in Iraq. Could the satellite pictures they allegedly have, show rockets being launched from the same launcher that illegal government forces were in such a hurry to get rid of? Strange how all those with no evidence or facts with which to back their argument tell the rest of us to get our facts straight. frankie007
  • Score: 12

8:18pm Mon 18 Aug 14

corshman says...

Let's all stand back a bit, what do we know yes a civil airliner was shot down and many people lost there lives. We don't know who did it but have been guided by messers Obama and Cameron. What's that got to do with Mr Green who has spent not just money but time trying to build his business, he was prop ably encouraged to invest in a new market. Now he has been abandoned by Cameron and his mates, just so to encourage more Tory votes, Miliband is no better. We need more grounded politicians not just career boys. Use your vote wisely.
Let's all stand back a bit, what do we know yes a civil airliner was shot down and many people lost there lives. We don't know who did it but have been guided by messers Obama and Cameron. What's that got to do with Mr Green who has spent not just money but time trying to build his business, he was prop ably encouraged to invest in a new market. Now he has been abandoned by Cameron and his mates, just so to encourage more Tory votes, Miliband is no better. We need more grounded politicians not just career boys. Use your vote wisely. corshman
  • Score: 6

7:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

vox sanitatem says...

bobmattfran@yahoo.co
.uk
wrote:
I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.
If you feel so strongly about the state of our democratically elected government why don't you choose a country that is a dictatorship and go and emigrate there!
[quote][p][bold]bobmattfran@yahoo.co .uk[/bold] wrote: I have every sympathy for Mr green and the effect on his business. perhaps all businesses that are affected by this should bill the USA, the EU and our own uselss government for interfering in a sovereign country and destabilisng the Ukraine elkected government.[/p][/quote]If you feel so strongly about the state of our democratically elected government why don't you choose a country that is a dictatorship and go and emigrate there! vox sanitatem
  • Score: -8

10:23am Fri 22 Aug 14

bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk says...

@.uk I see the usual insults, if you don't like what I say move to another country. A typical do as I say not as I do approach when. My family bloodline goes back 700 years in the UK, so have every right to criticise my government. If we are talking dictatorships, look no further than the west across the Atlantic to the largest dictatorship in the world the USA. They dictate their foreign policy to Europe and the UK and we blindly follow.
How many times has the UK been dragged into a war or intervention by the USA, a war of the USA's making? Forgotten Iran, iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and now Iraq again? all to protect the US arms industry and the US petro dollar?
@.uk I see the usual insults, if you don't like what I say move to another country. A typical do as I say not as I do approach when. My family bloodline goes back 700 years in the UK, so have every right to criticise my government. If we are talking dictatorships, look no further than the west across the Atlantic to the largest dictatorship in the world the USA. They dictate their foreign policy to Europe and the UK and we blindly follow. How many times has the UK been dragged into a war or intervention by the USA, a war of the USA's making? Forgotten Iran, iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and now Iraq again? all to protect the US arms industry and the US petro dollar? bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

vox sanitatem says...

"My family bloodline goes back 700 years in the UK"

good for you!

well then you're more British than the royal family, so why aren't you living in Buckingham Palace ;)
"My family bloodline goes back 700 years in the UK" good for you! well then you're more British than the royal family, so why aren't you living in Buckingham Palace ;) vox sanitatem
  • Score: -2

12:23pm Fri 22 Aug 14

vox sanitatem says...

. They dictate their foreign policy to Europe and the UK and we blindly follow.


...and without the USA we would now either be living under the Nazi jackboot or under the soviet jackboot, take your pick!
. They dictate their foreign policy to Europe and the UK and we blindly follow. ...and without the USA we would now either be living under the Nazi jackboot or under the soviet jackboot, take your pick! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Fri 22 Aug 14

bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk says...

vox sanitem You really are sad person. The US managed to get into WW2 when it was bombed in Pearl Harbour by the Japanese, they never declared war on Germany, germany declared war on the USA as Japan was their Ally in the Far East. the USA corporations were continuing through intermediaries and so called "neutral" countries to fiund and supply arms to Germany, the most complicit company being International Telephone and Telegraph ITT. You need to read the book "The secret Life of ITT" still banned in the Land of the Free as it tells were all the bodies are buried and shows up America Corporatism for what it really is. corrupt. I bet the Vietnamese, the Iranians, the Afghanistanis, the Libyans, the Syrians and the Ukranians who have died and had their countries laid to waste in the name of US corporate Arms dealers would appreciate your insulting comment.
vox sanitem You really are sad person. The US managed to get into WW2 when it was bombed in Pearl Harbour by the Japanese, they never declared war on Germany, germany declared war on the USA as Japan was their Ally in the Far East. the USA corporations were continuing through intermediaries and so called "neutral" countries to fiund and supply arms to Germany, the most complicit company being International Telephone and Telegraph ITT. You need to read the book "The secret Life of ITT" still banned in the Land of the Free as it tells were all the bodies are buried and shows up America Corporatism for what it really is. corrupt. I bet the Vietnamese, the Iranians, the Afghanistanis, the Libyans, the Syrians and the Ukranians who have died and had their countries laid to waste in the name of US corporate Arms dealers would appreciate your insulting comment. bobmattfran@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: -1

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