Meadow Foods latest processor to up milk price

UK dairy processor, Meadow Foods has increased its A litre milk price by 1p/litre from the start of next month.

The move means the 650 Meadow producers will receive 28p/litre for litres with a constituent content of 4% butterfat 3.3% protein.

See also: Dairy markets rise despite peak production month

 Meadow cited a strengthening of dairy markets behind the rise with protein and skim milk powder (SMP) performing particularly well.

SMP was resurgent in May, shooting up 14% on the month to an average of £1,320/t, but still remained 15% down on its level in May 2017.

Recent volatility in the butterfat and cream markets had stabilised in recent weeks according to the processor, with average UK wholesale prices for May finishing 13% up at £2,350/t and 11% up at £5,180/t respectively.

“We are pleased the market conditions continue to improve and to be able to pass on the improvements to our farmers,” said Meadow Foods chief executive, Mark Chantler. 

He added: “Our decision to invest in customer innovation and new product development is also starting to bear fruit as we extend our range and reach into new markets, creating an even greater demand for our products.”

July will also see the introduction of the Meadow Foods fixed price contract.

Producers who take up the scheme will lock in 2.6% of their total annual volume recorded between April 2017 and May 2018 for two years at a fixed price of 28p/litre.

Other July milk price moves

Liquid litres (4% butterfat, 3.3% protein)

  • Yew Tree Dairy ⬆ 1.5p to 28p/litre
  • Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group ⬆ 0.36p to 28.48p/litre
  • Pensworth ⬆ 1.2p to 27.2p/litre
  • Muller ⬆ 1.25p to 28p/litre

Manufacturing litres (4.2% butterfat, 3.4% protein)

  • Belton Farm ⬆ 1p to 28.25p/litre
  • Dairy Crest ⬆ 0.65p to 28.65p/litre
  • Glanbia ⬆ 1.5p to 28p/litre