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Milk price changes

Updated 4 June 2020

The latest publicly announced milk price changes as reported by the processors.

Overview

There was a mix of price increases and decreases announced for June, although the majority of prices were held. From the companies in our milk price changes table (download below), there were three price decreases all in the range of 0.50ppl to 0.61ppl. This included the Muller milk group M&S price decrease which had been deferred from May to June. There were also several companies who chose not to announce a price change.

Reports suggest that there have been price increases announced by a handful of buyers, in the range of 1ppl to 2ppl. These increases are generally coming from companies that had decreased their price by the same amount, or more, in April or May. For some the increase only applies to A litres, and for Freshways suppliers a 1ppl price increase to A litres will only be paid to those who agreed to their payment changes in April, which included a 60/40 split on A and B litres and changes to the payment plan.

Looking ahead to July, a number of processors have already announced that they will be holding their price until 1 August. This includes Saputo Dairy UK, Barber’s, and several others.

A number of processors encouraged farmers to curb production in the past two months, which resulted in reduced April volumes. It has been reported that Muller has now lifted its request for a 3% reduction in volumes.

It has been a turbulent few months for milk pricing as the impact of coronavirus and lockdown have hit the dairy industry, particularly those who supply the foodservice sector. This has had a range of financial impacts on farmers, with some regions affected more than others. Price changes over the last few months have been short-term reactions to the immediate impacts of lockdown. Longer term, prices paid for milk to farmers will ultimately be determined by the market value of manufactured dairy products, which for the rest of the year will be affected by how markets recover from the crisis.

The AHDB standard litre has changed, please see further information here: Higher quality and larger farms standard litre amendment  

Please download the dataset below to view the most recently announced milk price changes.

Additional information

The milk price changes may not be fully reflected in the AHDB League Table.

Download dataset

Latest milk price changes