Express Dairies turns to GJW to lobby on pricing

Leading milk company Express Dairies has appointed GJW to put its case in the ongoing Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) investigation into raw milk prices and supply.

Leading milk company Express Dairies has appointed GJW to put its

case in the ongoing Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC)

investigation into raw milk prices and supply.



Express Dairies, alongside other milk processors like Unigate and Dairy

Crest, is concerned that the UK’s main raw milk distributor,

farmer-owned co-operative Milk Marque, is keeping milk prices

artificially high to protect farmers. GJW will lobby for a shake-up of

the milk supply system in favour of processors.



Last January, the director general of the Office of Fair Trading asked

the MMC to examine all aspects of milk supply following concerns about

the competitiveness of the milk market.



Most recently, Milk Marque, which controls 42 per cent of milk sold in

the UK, dropped assurances made to the OFT earlier on the level at which

it would set prices. As a result the major dairies boycotted the July

selling round - one of the two annual selling rounds.



Earlier this year Milk Marque said that it would only set its selling

price at a particular level if it attracted bids for at least 90 per

cent of the product.



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