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First Milk's Cheese Price


Bill Mustoe has said that First Milk's cheese price will drop between 1.5 - 2 p per litre at the end of April if retailers and food service companies don't agree to a price increase for cheese.

How on earth when UK milk production is struggling; the cheese processors have been selling milk on the spot market all winter instead of making cheese; and the Fronterra auctions are at all time highs, can there possibly be talk of price decreases?

There must be some serious managerial failings at First Milk for this situation to have arisen.
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yes but I hope its not as bad as dfob who also dropped 2p out of the blue then went downhill quickly !! fm area farm reps get paid [sign in to see URL] each - how much is that in total worth 1p? also they have a large pension shortfall on their books. Why are 3 board members leaveing also mustoe . kate allum very very silent at present. /
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I don't know who First Milk's cheese customers are. Assuming supermarket chains, we all know how they negotiate. They know the price is rising and where supply is likely to be going forward, and are probably trying to hold price down for this contract so that they escape the price rise for at least a while. That is their job. First Milk is faced with the option of parting company with them and letting someone else in, or holding the contract at a bad price.

Don't they have powder drying for a quick buck this spring?
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Hopefully by now you will all have managed to read Potters quota news page, as it explains what is wrong in the cheese market and some of the possible answers, its not just a FM problem and if we had not flagged it up it would have happened to all cheese processors !!
Consumers do not have the money and are buying less product and cheese does not last for ever, every processor is in the same position even Arla/Milk Link, the retailers are making between 35-50% on branded cheese and its very hard to get them to part with any of that in the current climate.
As for Ayrshire cowboy,how much do the Muller Wisemilk partnership get paid ?? £10,000
One board member has reached the end of his term and cant stand again the other 2 have decided to stand down and let someone else have a crack at it, as we have some very good talent comming through !!!
Bill is 70 and has announced he is standing down in Oct to give FM time to get a new chairman in,he is also standing down as chairman of Roberts bakery.
The only people who need to hear Kate are members ,employees and customers !!!

FOAF yes we do have a 1/3 share in the capacity at Westbury for drying milk so that is also an option.
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