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Wiseman Clarifies Price Rise

14 November 2012

UK - Dairy farmers who supply Müller Dairy and Robert Wiseman Dairies are to see their milk price rise to 30.5 ppl.

The increased milk price will be offered to all dairy producers supplying the Group except those in Tesco and Sainsbury supply groups which each have their own milk pricing arrangements.

The farm-gate price will increase from its October level in two stages - by 0.5 ppl to 29.5ppl from 1 December 2012 and then a further 1 ppl to 30.5 ppl from 1 February 2013 - with the company aiming to help dairy farmers meet rising costs whilst it works commercially to recover the increase from markets it serves.

“We want to return a higher milk price to farmers so that we can ensure security of supply for our customers in an environment where off farm milk production is dropping” said Ronald Kers, Chief Executive Officer of Müller UK and Ireland Group.

Roddy Catto, Chairman of the Muller Wiseman Milk Partnership Board said: “We are pleased with the progress being made with the Group and with the outcome of our discussions on this and other projects including the Müller Wisemilk Initiative.

“There is a shared determination to work in partnership to the benefit of current and future dairy farmer suppliers and the Group as it invests to grow and we feel that this increase is a good signal of intent.

Mr Catto added that blockades seen recently risk undermining the progress of discussions between producer and processor. Now was the time to build relationships on constructive dialogues and not on disruptions and ultimatums, he concluded.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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