Milk price parity

23 March 2000

Milk price parity

Most farm produce which leaves the farm in a lorry and ends up in a
shopping trolley with very little processing carries a price tag four or
five times that which the producer receives; eg. potatoes, carrots,
cabbages, eggs etc.

The supermarkets response is that
packaging and transport are expensive.

However the
price of milk in the supermarket is typically around two and a half times
the producer price. (2litres @ 85p).

Is it really so much
cheaper to process, pasteurise, package and transport (refrigerated) milk
than a sack of potatoes? Or might the fact that supermarkets are green
with envy that they still have competition from doorstep
deliveries where milk is sold, delivered, for – surprise
surprise – about four times the farm gate price have something to do
with it.

Dairy farmers and processors must work together to seek a parity price with supermarket own brand bottled
water – which typically sells for 7p to 12p per pint more.

However you can bet your last farthing that should milk prices ever reach
those dizzy heights then the government would step in to push it down
again – after all its only milk isnt it.

  • David Kidson, Pontefract

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