Dairy Industry News and Features

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Note, all standard litre prices are those quoted by www.milkprices.com and are based on the following:
The liquid standard litre 4% bf, 3.3% protein, 30,000/ml Bactoscans, 200,000/ml SCC, 1 million litres a year on EODC but before seasonality, monthly profile payments, balancing, B price additions, capital retentions or annual incentive schemes. The manufacturing standard litre is to exactly the same specification with the exception of 4.2%bf and 3.4% protein.

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1ppl Milk Price Increase for Members of Northern Ireland Co-op Dale Farm

This is effectively a backdated price increase covering deliveries made in January and takes members liquid standard litre price to a healthy 28.59ppl and according to www.milkprices.com compares to 26.09ppl in January 2020 so a 2.5ppl (9.6%) rise year on year.  For its Kendal farmer suppliers, the January price remains at 27.64ppl based on a liquid standard litre.

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0.6ppl Milk Price Increase for M&S Farmer Suppliers – from April 1st

This takes producers standard liquid litre milk price to 33.11ppl.   

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0.25ppl Milk Price Increase for Arla Direct Suppliers (Non Members) – from April 1st

The increase applies to Arla’s conventional and organic direct suppliers. This takes producers conventional standard litre milk price to 27.58ppl and based on a liquid litre 26.5ppl.    

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Fonterra Increases its Farmgate Milk Price Forecast to almost 30ppl for the second Consecutive Month

Hot on the heels of the latest sensational GDT Auction result came on announcement from the New Zealand giant of a further increase in its forecast farmgate milk price.  The latest increase takes the mid-point price up from NZ $7.20 (28.52ppl) to $7.60 (29.77ppl) with the range spanning from NZ $7.30 (28.6ppl) to $7.90 (30.95ppl).   

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Arla's 13th Payment of 1.576ppl (1.75 Euro Cents/Kg) is confirmed

As expected, Arla’s Board of Representatives gave the thumbs up to the Arla Directors recommendation of an increased 13th Payment from 1 euro cent to 1.75 euro cents. This means that the payment based on the www.milkprices.com standard manufacturing litre equates to 1.576ppl for the 2020 calendar year and based on a liquid standard litre it equates to 1.519ppl.

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Milk Price Changes

The only milk processors whose last farmgate price move was down are as follows; County Milk Products, Paynes, Freshways, Medina and Pensworth. If you know others we have omitted, please email Ianpotter@ipmsltd.co.uk.  Note there have been no reductions from any mainland GB cheese makers who buy milk direct. 

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The Dairy Market Outlook

The short and medium term outlook is now more positive for all processors and whilst further price reductions from milk brokers and some middle ground liquid processers cannot completely be ruled out, any who do announce further cuts must surely be challenged as going against the facts and general direction, especially any who are brave enough to suggest any April farmgate price adjustments.

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£12.5m Investment Commitment in Cheese Processing by First Milk

The investment will be split between the Co-ops two cheese factories with £9m targeted at its Haverfordwest facility and £3.5m at its Aspatria factory. The combined investment will boost processing capacity by more than 20% at both sites.  This latest announcement takes the total capital expenditure to circa £30 million in only 3 years.   

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Whopping Surprise 21% Lift in GDT WMP Auction Price

Yesterday’s fortnightly GDT auction recorded an unbelievable result with WMP up 21% in only two weeks and the overall all products average up 15%. This was the 8th consecutive auction rise and recorded a 7-year high averaging US $ 4231 tonne. The surge in demand is Chinese driven as the Chinese government continue to push to hold higher quantity of food stocks.

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1ppl Milk Price Reduction for Suppliers to Freshways Plus Conformation of No Further Price Cuts and a Future 1.5ppl Increase

Freshways have confirmed a 1ppl milk price reduction from March 1st. This takes producers standard liquid litre price to 26ppl. In addition, Freshways have confirmed that this 1ppl drop will be the last and that by 1st July the standard litre price will increase by 1.5ppl to 27.5ppl.   

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0.44ppl (0.5 euro cent) Surprise Milk Price Increase for Arla Members will leave competitors scratching their heads

Its not the first time Arla have pulled a rabbit out of the hat and gone in the opposite direction to its smaller competitors. Todays 0.44ppl increase on conventional and organic milk has come as a pleasant surprise to most but an unwelcome one to some other liquid processors who have already announced price cuts.  The resulting 1st March member standard litre prices based on www.

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Freshways and Medina are Officially in Merger Negotiations

The two middle ground liquid processors have today confirmed they are in detailed (and indeed advanced) merger negotiations subject to approval from the Competitions and Markets Authority. The merger was first suggested on the 5th November 2019 news page of this bulletin. For sure, the merger makes sense for the UK Liquid Dairy Industry, which desperately needs to voluntarily rationalise if it is to stand any chance of a sustainable and profitable future.

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