Arla Foods is raising its milk price to owners by a further one eurocent per kilogramme from 1 February.
When the increase in the on-account price is applied to the UK standard litre, it equates to an upward movement of 0.76 pence, taking the liquid* price to 27.07 pence per litre and the manufacturing* price to 28.16 pence per litre.
Commenting on the decision, Arla Foods amba board director, Johnnie Russell, said: “Markets in general remain strong, with good global demand. As a result of the mild winter, global milk supply is slightly above expectations, which is softening butterfat prices. Yellow cheese prices have also weakened across Europe over the last few weeks.
“This is the sixth consecutive increase in our price. Between September to date our price increases have delivered in the region of an additional £51 million of income to our British farmer owners and, in turn, the rural economy.”
*Liquid and manufacturing price based on every other day collection, top quality, one million litres
Liquid price based on 4% butterfat, 3.3% protein
Manufacturing price based on 4.2% butterfat, 3.4% protein
Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,700 dairy farmers with circa 2,700 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®, Cravendale, and Lactofree® with a turnover of €2.9 billion. 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 and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.