Arla Foods amba board director, and farmer owner, Arthur Fearnall, said: “Global production continues to fall with commodity markets remaining quiet resulting in relatively stable prices across Europe. Organic markets remain stable, however, European butter prices reduced further in June as a reaction to lower cream prices but remain attractive for exports. Overall, European milk production is stable compared to last year although the regional differences we have seen so far this year continue, particularly in the UK and Ireland showing strong increases versus last year.It is being part of a strong global dairy cooperative that has enabled us to maintain our milk price for the seventh month in a row.”
Graham Wilkinson, UK Agriculture director at Arla continues: “To continue delivering a sustainable milk price to our farmer owners and winning with our owners, it’s vital we not only deliver great tasting, healthy and nutritious dairy products, but that we also meet consumers rising demand for products from brands which prioritise animal welfare and the environment. Arla farmer owners are already in tune with the wellbeing of their cows, however we cannot stand still and are continuously looking at ways to take strong progressive positions on animal welfare and the environment that meet these expectations when it comes to consumer food choices.”
Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 10,300 dairy farmers with circa 2,500 of whom are British.
Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products. Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.
Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor®, Arla Cravendale®, and Arla Lactofree® with a turnover of €2.9 billion. The UK is largest market within the Europe Zone, contributing 35% of the zone’s turnover and also comprises 25% of the Group revenue.
As well as being a leading supplier of fresh milk, number one in butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury that later this year will become the first net zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, creameries, distribution centres and head office.