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Price Increase For First Milk Manufacturing Pool

31 May 2013

UK – Farmer co-operative First Milk has announced a two stage price lift to be realised by August of 1.1 pence per litre which will take farmers in its manufacturing pool up to a price of 30 ppl.

From the first of July the price will increase by 0.6 ppl and by 0.5 ppl in August.

The price structure will be constantly monitored due to cost pressure from poor weather, said Bill Mustoe, Chairman at First Milk.

“We recognise that our members’ expectations are high on milk price and that there continues to be pressure on farm costs due to the poor weather. We will keep their milk price under constant review,” he added. “Our objective as always is to move the returns that we pass back to members as far and as fast as we can. With this in mind, discussions are continuing with all our customers.”

The ambition is to pass returns back to the producer by working on the value added side of the sector. First Milk has said this could be through acquisitions and joint ventures or through investing behind brands such as Lake District Cheese and its new Quark range.

Mr Mustoe added: “We remain confident that this added value route positions us best to deliver sustainable returns for members as we manage volatile markets now and in the future.”

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