Tesco confirms new price for dairy farmers

21 Sep 2012

Tesco has today confirmed the new milk price it will pay its dairy farmers following an independent review. Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) farmers will receive the new price of up to 31.58 pence per litre from 1st October 2012 – one of the highest prices paid by any retailer for milk.

Tesco has today confirmed the new milk price it will pay its dairy farmers following an independent review.

Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) farmers will receive the new price of up to 31.58 pence per litre from 1st October 2012 – one of the highest prices paid by any retailer for milk.

Now in its fifth year, the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group was established to address the huge uncertainty faced by dairy farmers caused by continuing volatility in the markets, providing much needed stability. Under the Tesco Fair Price Guarantee, Tesco always pays TSDG farmers a price that is above the cost of production, ensuring that their business turns a profit so they can plan and invest for the future.

The price covers every litre of Tesco own label fresh milk, with the exception of Organic milk. Tesco is the only major supermarket to guarantee that its milk is 100% segregated, meaning that consumers can be assured that every litre of own-brand milk they purchase has come from a TSDG farmer.

The new level takes into account an increase of 2.02ppl in the cost of production from 29.06ppl to 31.08ppl, primarily driven by the significant increase in the cost of feed. Reduced milk volumes as a result of bad summer weather has also caused the overhead contribution per litre to increase. 

Since its creation, Tesco has invested £165 million into the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group and in paying above-the-average price to farmers.

Andrew Yaxley, Tesco Commercial Director said: “This increase in the price we pay our 700 dairy farmers means they will continue to benefit from Tesco’s pledge to recognise the true cost of production of milk, and always pay a price above that cost.  We are proud to have led the way in guaranteeing famers get a fair price for their milk, and proud to be a strong supporter of British farmers.”

Will Hosford, dairy farmer and Farmer Committee Chairman said: “This has been a very difficult wet summer on the farm with uncertain levels and quality of conserved forage on many dairy units, compounded by the huge rise in bought-in feed costs.  Tesco continues to recognise the increased costs this will incur with the latest milk price ensuring farmers can plan this winters feed purchases and production with confidence.”

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Notes to editors

  • An independent review of the price paid to TSDG farmers is carried out every six months by Promar, the UK’s largest agricultural and agri-food consultancy.
  • TSDG members who receive the 0.5ppl Promar supplement will receive a standard litre price of 31.58ppl effective from 1st October 2012.  
  • TSDG members not participating in the Cost Tracker will receive a standard litre price of 31.08ppl effective from 1st October 2012
  • The commitment of TSDG is further reinforced by Tesco's work with Liverpool University through its 'Dairy Centre of Excellence'. This exclusive agreement brings together the dairy sector to look at issues from animal welfare to consumer trends. This January we also launched a visitor centre which is a national resource point for schools, farmers and dairy industry experts.