Dairy farmer suppliers to Robert Wiseman Dairies and Müller Dairy are to get a substantial increase in the milk price they receive, according to an announcement this morning.The move will be effective from 15th October land will take the farm-gate milk price to 29 pence per litre. The increase will be offered to all dairy farmers who supply the company with the exception of those who are aligned with major customers like Tesco, Sainsbury and the Co-operative Group, which have their own milk pricing arrangements.
Wiseman’s has also outlined its desire to substantially increase the number of dairy farmers who supply it directly, in line with its own growth aspirations in the UK.
Pete Nicholson, Wiseman’s Milk Procurement Director said: “This increase is only possible with the timely support of our customers and we are working to this end and confident that this will be secured. Müller is ambitious to grow and to play a major role in UK dairy. This presents real opportunities for dairy farmers who currently supply the Group, and those who don’t but may be considering whether their current buyer is right for them in the long term.
“It is important to stress the simplicity and flexibility of our contract and approach. The milk price we offer is competitive but crucially it is also a ‘clean’ price which means that it is not reduced by member retentions, capital levies, balancing or haulage charges.
“Whilst this has been an extremely challenging period for the dairy supply chain we believe that a platform now exists from which the industry can begin to look forward. We are confident for the future and we look forward to working with our suppliers to realise our shared aspirations.”