Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Increasing milk surplus prompts Muller review

Muller is upping its milk price on May 1.
Muller is upping its milk price on May 1.

The main milk buyer in the north and north-east has announced a review of its operations amid concerns of a growing milk surplus in Scotland.

Muller Milk & Ingredients has warned its 230 Scottish farmer suppliers that a 25% surge in farm milk production is not supported by growth in demand for fresh milk products in Scotland.

The dairy giant says the increased production is not sustainable and has significant environmental consequences, with almost 200 million litres of fresh milk carted down south for processing each year due to a lack of market for it in Scotland.

“Fresh milk is loved and in 96% of the nation’s fridges, but consumption is marginally down year on year,” said Muller’s milk supply and operations director, Rob Hutchison.

“Production from Scottish farms who supply us, however, is up by 25% since 2014.

“As a result, Muller is transporting 180m litres per annum – equivalent to 33 litres of additional milk for every person in Scotland – to our dairies in England, where we can find a market for it.”

He said the financial and environmental costs associated with moving this volume of milk were substantial.

“We must work urgently with farmers who supply us and other industry stakeholders to review a range of measures to address this increasingly unsustainable situation both in the short and longer term,” added Mr Hutchison.

He said the company will discuss the issue over the next month with its elected farmer board and other industry stakeholders.

Measures to resolve the problem will then be announced once the review period is complete.

NFU Scotland’s milk committee chairman, John Smith, said: “This announcement will be a real concern for all Muller producers in Scotland.

“Officeholders and policy staff at NFUS have already taken a number of calls.”

He said the union would seek a discussion with Muller management at the earliest opportunity to seek a better understanding of the short and long-term strategy for the company’s supply chain in Scotland.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]