Asda Moves on Milk Price

UK - Asda has responded to pressure from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and members of the dairy coalition to increase its milk price by 2 pence per litre (ppl) on August 1.
calendar icon 25 July 2012
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National Farmers Union

With backing from the WI in recent days, the dairy coalition, NFU, NFUS, NFU Cymru, TFA and the FFA, has protested against milk price cuts made this spring and further cuts expected on August 1. It has called for dairy farmers to receive a price for their milk, one that covers the cost of production.

NFU President Peter Kendall said while there had been a deliberate focus to target the big players within the food chain that don’t have a mechanism to pay a sustainable price to their dairy farmer milk suppliers, today’s price increase from Asda should now pave the way for the three big milk processors to do the right thing.

“Today sees Asda joining Morrisons and the Co-operative in moving their milk price in the right direction, he said. “They are all now committed to paying a price that covers their farmers cost of production. This is good news but the work is far from over.

“I know that despite all of the fantastic work to date there will be many farmers who remain unaffected by today’s news. Many don’t supply milk to a dedicated retailer milk pool and so behind the scenes we have started to tackle the discount retailers and food service companies. We will focus the spotlight on any company that is exploiting farmers and paying crazy low prices for their milk.

“This coming week will see the dairy coalition pulling out all of the stops to ensure the processors in the middle of the supply chain pull the August price cuts. This now has to be our focus. Those August 1 cuts by the three large processors, Dairy Crest, Wisemans/ Muller and Arla must not happen.”

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