Liquid Milk Reports

Liquid Milk Council Report May 2020

Liquid Milk

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
ChairmanJohn Finn
ExecutiveCatherine Lascurettes

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