Arla Foods amba is today communicating to members that it is reducing its on-account price by one eurocent per kilo, with effect from 1 February.
When this reduction is applied to the UK standard litre it equates to a downward movement of 0.75 pence. There is also a small adjustment of 0.05ppl in the forecasted supplementary (13th) payment because of lower overall returns, due to the commodity market impact. These two adjustments, totalling 0.8 pence, take the UK standard litre price to 21.81 pence.
Commenting on the reduction, Ash Amirahmadi, head of UK milk and member services, said: “Global supply and demand continues to be out of balance. The emerging dynamic is the significant growth of milk supply in Europe, particularly driven by the Netherlands and Ireland.
“This, combined with the seasonal dip in revenue post-Christmas, is impacting the entire dairy industry and has placed further downward pressure on Arla’s on-account price.
“We are doing everything we can to further reduce our costs, not just in the UK but throughout our global business. Meanwhile, in the UK we are continuing to grow our branded portfolio and only this month we launched BOB, another Arla branded innovative new product, into the dairy category. Despite all of our efforts, we simply cannot buck global industry trends.”
Arla Foods amba farmer board director, Johnnie Russell, added: “As a farmer-owned business, with circa 3,000 British dairy farmer owners, we are extremely aware of the impact that this downturn in the markets is having at farm level. We have seen another drop in the GDT and are doing everything we can to help our farmer owners navigate through the uncertainty within the markets.”
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.