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24 August 2011 | Angeline Albert
The head of
milk procurement at Robert WisemanDairies has said its suppliers will be paid more in an effort to secure its supply of
milk, which has been affected by rising commodity prices.
fresh milk processor confirmed a 1.85p per litre (ppl) increase to the farm
gate price it would pay UK dairy farmers from October. The company’s decision
was made as a result of greater competition for milk from cheese manufacturers
who are offering to pay farmers more due to the rising value of cheese as an
Nicholson, Wiseman’s milk procurement director said: “If we are to meet our
commitments to customers who require a long term, sustainable supply of fresh
milk, it is important that we act to ensure that our farm gate milk price is
competitive against a backdrop of higher prices being offered by cheese
has now increased its milk price by more than 4ppl since May 2010.
Some 12 billion litres of milk is produced by UK dairy farmers, of which
half is used for fresh milk and the other half is used in cheese, butter and
other dairy products.
purchases, processes and distributes almost a third of all fresh milk consumed