Arla Foods is raising its milk price to owners by two eurocents per kilogramme from 1 November. This follows increases in both September and October.
When the increase to the on-account price is applied to the UK standard litre, the increase is 1.49ppl, taking the conventional price to 23.14 pence.
Commenting on the decision, Arla Foods amba board director, Jonathan Ovens, said: “Milk production continues to decline in a number of markets, leading to further strengthening of prices in European markets, particularly with conventional milk, which has contributed to the Arla price increase.
“This is the third consecutive month that Arla has increased its milk price, resulting in an additional 4.09ppl since 1 September. While the price is still not where it should be to be sustainable, it is a further positive move for our farmer owners."
Tomas Pietrangeli, managing director, Arla Foods UK, said: “We continue to work with our UK customers in a pragmatic way to secure the much needed market returns for our farmer owners. This involves remaining focused on driving dairy consumption and value for consumers in our new Arla branded innovations Arla Skyr, Arla Protein, Arla Best of Both, and our existing successful brands Lurpak, Anchor, Cravendale and Castello."
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.