Arla’s price for conventional milk will reduce by 1.73 pence for the manufacturing litre, taking it to 29.27 pence from 1 February 2018.
Commenting on the decision to reduce the price, Arla Foods amba board director, Johnnie Russell, said: “The recent dramatic falls in European commodity markets have continued into the new year. This has been particularly felt in fat-based products where we have seen falls in commodity market butter prices of circa 40 per cent and cheese prices of circa 30 per cent, over the last three months from the historical highs in 2017.
“Protein based products have not been immune either, though falls are less due to the significantly lower values of these products. Despite signs of some stability in global markets in recent weeks, the impact of these significant price decreases is still being felt across all of our markets, affecting the whole industry.”
Manufacturing price based on every other day collection, top quality, one million litres,4.2% butterfat, 3.4% protein
- Arla farmers are paid on constituents via a manufacturing schedule.For ease of comparison, the liquid price is 28.16 pence, based on 4% fat and 3.3% protein.
Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 11,200 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.