Meadow Foods© Meadow Foods

The UK’s largest independently owned dairy group, Meadow Foods, has dropped its standard milk price by 0.75p/litre.

The cut means Meadows’ 650 producers will receive 29p/litre for milk with a constituent content of 4% butterfat and 3.3% protein from the start of February.

The processor sighted the recent downturn in the milk market and increased national production volumes as the driving force behind the price drop.

See also: Muller commits to 29p/litre until March

 Other February milk price changes (4% butterfat, 3.3% protein)

  • Yew Tree reduces price by 1p/litre to 30p/litre
  • South Caenarfon Creameries reduces price by 1.2p/litre to 28.81p/litre
  • Belton Farm reduces price by 1p/litre to 29p/litre

Provisional AHDB Dairy milk production statistics for November 2017 show volumes 8% ahead of where they were a year ago at 1,164m litres, but in line with the same month in 2015 and the three-year average.

“We regret that we have reduced our price to reflect the volatile market conditions,” said Mark Chantler, Meadow Foods chief executive.

 

“We are working hard to reduce some of the effects of market volatility by further developing our sales through an extended product range and reach as well as working with our producers to help mitigate the impact.”

He added: “We hope the market stabilises in the near term, but will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

The UK levy board anticipated continued pressure on milk prices through the spring as production hits its peak and fat markets roll back from their meteoric highs in the middle of last year.