First Milk receives higher price for cheese

Morrisons supermarket has agreed to increase the price it pays First Milk for cheese by £400/tonne.

The increase, which will come into immediate effect, follows and increase in input costs and rising milk prices.

Jeff Halliwell, managing director of the First Milk Cheese Company which supply all of Morrisons own label cheddar, said Morrisons had shown a desire to support dairy farmers “over the long term”.

“We will continue to work closely with Morrisons to monitor the market over the coming months,” he added,

First Milk is currently working with Morrisons on a range of new products, including Christmas blended cheeses for Mull of Kintyre, Isle of Arran and Isle of Bute.

The majority of the cheese that First Milk supplies Morrisons comes from Haverfordwest creamery in West Wales, with the remainder coming from the Campbeltown creamery on the West Coast of Scotland.