SPAIN – Higher farmgate prices, dairy consumption and processing requirements for yoghurt and cheese were discussed by a select committee as part of on-going monitoring of Spain’s dairy sector.
Average Spanish milk prices were up to €0.394/litre for December, rounding off a year which saw consumption increase 2.5 per cent and higher delivered volumes since August, the ministry of agriculture said following a milk monitoring committee meeting.
More semi-skimmed milk and cheese buying was behind the increase.
Official consumer data revealed 41 per cent of all dairy purchases last year were for yoghurt and other fermented milk products.
Progress was reported on the new Quality Standard yoghurt, scheduled for sale in March, which will see new adaptations published by the Cheese and Dairy Industries Federation.
Price statistics are taken from a Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA) report explored by the Milk Monitoring Committee for dairy sector improvement, led by Fernando Burgaz, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
The Committee, delegated to assess dairy pricing since the price war of 2012, discussed its ‘sustainable dairy’ campaign, a media initiative started in 2013.
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