Müller has followed a 2.5ppl January milk price increase with a further 1.25ppl which will apply from 1 February 2017. This is the fifth consecutive price increase for Müller’s non aligned suppliers, who have seen their milk price increase by an average of 45% since October 1, 2016.
Non aligned farmers continue to benefit from a separate additional retail supplement estimated at 0.82ppl for February. When added to the standard litre price of 26.69ppl this leads to an actual price paid for February milk supply of 27.51ppl.
Lyndsay Chapman, Agriculture Director at Müller Milk & Ingredients stated: “This latest increase again demonstrates our commitment to paying a competitive milk price to our farmers.
“Our business model enables us to deliver a more stable milk price profile and together with our confirmed investment programme for the future, is helping to build confidence at farm level.
“We are concluding what has been a very detailed process to review and finalise our new contract proposals, having taken on board the feedback from our farmers. We now expect to issue contract documents in February, for sign up to the new terms from the new milk year.
“We have also been working on our new representative structure with the MMG farmer Board with our immediate focus being the election of the Farmer Forum”.
Roddy Catto, Chairman of the Interim Müller Milk Group board said: “This latest milk price increase will be welcome news for farmers supplying Müller.
“The Board will continue to work with the company to ensure the milk price reflects the market conditions and as dairy farmers we look forward to a more prosperous 2017.
Müller UK & Ireland
Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller. It employs around 12,000 people in a business which comprises two distinct business units: Müller Milk & Ingredients and Müller Yogurt & Desserts.
Based in Market Drayton, Müller Yogurt & Desserts is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, responsible for major brands such as Müller Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice. It also produces, at production facilities in Minsterley near Shrewsbury, chilled desserts under licence from Mondelez International. Müller Yogurt & Desserts also supplies the UK private label yogurt market from a state of the art yogurt facility in Telford, Shropshire.
Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country, producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, flavoured milk and brands including FRijj. It also has the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets, and operates the milk&more doorstep delivery service.
The acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December 2015 marked a milestone in Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller’s global growth strategy and in particular its aspiration to place much more emphasis on end to end supply chain innovation, adding value to the UK dairy category.