Arla Foods amba is maintaining its milk price through January 2016. However, January also sees a new quarter’s (October to December) average exchange rate being introduced to the pricing mechanism.
The introduction of this quarter’s exchange rate into the mechanism has a 0.43 pence negative impact on the milk price, taking the UK standard litre to 22.61 pence.
Ash Amirahmadi, head of UK milk and member services, said: ”Global milk production is still ahead of demand. On the supply side, USA and New Zealand milk production continues to weaken, while volumes in the northern part of Europe continue to increase.
“On the demand side, retail milk markets in Northern Europe have stabilised following improvements in last quarter, as a result of retailers across Europe increasing the price they pay for milk.
“Cheese markets remain under pressure, as a result of extra milk production, which has led to increased stocks, while bulk ingredients markets have stabilised over the past month, but the market remains fragile.”
Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,700 dairy farmers with circa 3,000 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. It has a turnover of £2.3 billion. As well as being number one in fresh liquid milk, 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.