Press release

Arla Foods amba confirms unchanged March milk price

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Arla Foods amba’s conventional milk price for March 2019 will stay unchanged, with the manufacturing price per litre remaining at 30.24 pence from 1 March 2019 for Arla’s farmer owners.

Arla Foods amba board director, and farmer owner, Johnnie Russell, said: “Overall European milk volumes continue to remain under pressure, with volumes in Netherlands, Germany and France all being lower than last year.This has kept the European commodity market relatively stable into the first quarter. Against expectations, butter prices have also held firm into the new year but have started to soften in the last few weeks.SMP prices have continued to increase in the face of strong global demand, whilst cheese prices are also firmer than normal for this time of year.”

Graham Wilkinson, agriculture director at Arla continues: “Being farmer-owned and belonging to abusiness which is one of the strongest players in the international dairy arena, continues to have real benefits for Arla farmer owners.This is clearly seen within the milk price, through the 13th payment and now also as ONE Arla. Following the vote last year through our inclusive governance structure, as ONE Arla, British farmers now also have the same rights and obligations as Arla farmers across Europe, further strengthening our cooperative, ensuring the same value for all.

“We have had an exciting start to the year with our industry leading approach being recognised with two major UK awards. Our farmer initiative, Arla UK 360, continued to be positively received winning a coveted national award for innovation and Arla skyr Fruit & Oats, secured a Product of the Year 2019 award, making it the fourth year in a row an Arla brand innovation has won at these awards. These are excellent examples of the successes we can gain from launching exciting and relevant consumer-led innovation.”

ENDS

  • Arla farmers are paid on constituents via a manufacturing schedule.For ease of comparison, the liquid price is 29.07 pence per litre, based on 4% fat and 3.3% protein.
  • The on-account price for organic milkwill decrease by 0.90ppl to 43.55 pence per litre.
  • The adjustment for organic farmers who have decided to use EU granted exceptions to use non-organic forage will remain as a deduction of 3€c/kg
  • Manufacturing price based on every other day collection, top quality, one million litres, 4.2% butterfat, 3.4% protein.

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 11,200 dairy farmers with circa 2,500 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®, Arla Cravendale®, and Arla Lactofree® with a turnover of €2.9 billion. The UK is largest market within the Europe Zone, contributing 35% of the zone’s turnover and also comprises 25% of the Group revenue.

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 that later this year will become the first net zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, creameries, distribution centres and head office.

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