Liquid Milk Council Report May 2020

Council Reports
Liquid Milk Council Report May 2020
27 May 2020

Liquid Milk Council Report May 2020

Council Reports, Liquid Milk Reports

Milk price and Liquid Milk Market

  • For liquid milk producers, the milk price this time of year is the creamery milk price;
  • The National Liquid Milk Committee has been actively supporting the milk price lobbying effort by the National Dairy Committee
  • Liquid milk retail sales have benefited from a 17% increase in groceries sales in the last 12 weeks (figure not specific to milk) – COVID19 related as the population eats all meals at home;
  • For the same reason, the market has suffered from loss of food services for some milk and cream with the closure of restaurants, cafes and canteens;
  • Concern over impact on improving wholesale liquid milk prices from the opportunity created for retailers by lower dairy returns and lower creamery milk prices to put the squeeze on;
  • The Committee has approached the National Milk Agency to be extra vigilant to ensure non-contracted milk is not used by some dairies or retailers to put pressure on legitimate, contracted suppliers.

Activities since last Council

  • The Committee has asked John Finn to remain care taker Chairman until it is possible to have an election – and will elect a Chairman at the first opportunity of a physical meeting when COVID19 restrictions are eased for physical meetings;
  • The creation of a broadcast only WhatsApp group for the Committee has allowed to ensure it remains very well informed of IFA and dairy activity;
  • The Committee has held a number of virtual joint meetings with the Dairy Committee re. the concerns over processing capacity at peak, and had a virtual meeting on 24th
Chairman John Finn
Executive Catherine Lascurettes
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