Fonterra Slashes Milk Price, Warns of More Cuts

AUSTRALIA - Fonterra Australia has slashed its milk price to farmers and warned of more severe cuts are to come.
calendar icon 30 December 2008
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Fonterra managing director, Bruce Donnison, sent letters to 1500 of its suppliers last week stating the company had withdrawn its November step-up payment of 7 cents/kg butterfat and 17 cents/kg protein, according to Weekly Times Now.

The letter states, 'Since writing to you in early November, we have seen a further deterioration in trading conditions.

'Commodity prices continue to decline and this has been exacerbated in recent weeks by a rapidly deteriorating financial situation around the world; a deterioration which has far exceeded even our most pessimistic expectations.'

In the letter, Mr Donnison warned, 'Our forward expectations for the remainder of the season remain below any previous outlook'.

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