UK daily milk deliveries for the two weeks ending 6 April were 10.7% down on the same period in 2012.

Daily UK deliveries averaged 35.4m litres a day – down 4.2m litres a day on the same two-week period in 2012, said a DairyCo report.

Against the three-year average, current deliveries are about 2.6m litres/day lower – 6.8% down.

GB deliveries for the same two-week period averaged 29.8m litres a day, down 11% – 3.7m litres a day – on the same period in 2012. Compared to the three-year average, daily deliveries were 2.5m litres a day, 7.8%, down.

Dairy Crest investment

Dairy Crest has announced plans to invest £5m in its dairy at Chadwell Heath, east London.

In a statement, the company said: “The site is going from strength to strength and this has been reflected in our recent announcement that we have retained our major contract to supply milk to Sainsbury’s through to 2017.”

The money will be used to update and improve facilities on the site in a bid to make it more efficient.

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