Dairy Crest says more than 100 ex-Dairy Farmers of Britain suppliers have transferred their milk supply to the company since DFoB went into receivership last week.

A statement today (12 June) said most had transferred supply immediately and Dairy Crest was paying them 24.2p/litre. In addition, the company promised to make a one-off interim payment at the end of June for milk supplied in the first part of the month to help ease producers’ cash flow.

“Dairy Crest is acutely aware of the impact that DFoB’s collapse has had on its supplying farmers and we are doing all we can to support them at this extremely difficult time,” milk procurement director Mark Taylor, said.

“Although we have now secured sufficient volume to meet our current business requirements, we are still talking to DFoB suppliers in our catchment area about interim supply arrangements with a view to offering a Dairy Crest liquid contract from April 2010.”

The company is also in discussion with some of DFoB’s customers regarding milk supply and it expects to gain additional volumes across the market.