Müller Milk & Ingredients – the new name adopted by Müller Wiseman after the deal to combine with Dairy Crest was finally concluded – can play a major role in invigorating and revitalising the UK’s fresh milk and dairy ingredients sector, it was claimed this week.
“We have the opportunity to build something special in the UK dairy industry with real benefits for customers, colleagues, farmers and suppliers,” said managing director Andrew McInnes.
The move – which will see the Wiseman name disappear from the title of the company – will also see the group handle upwards of 30 per cent of the Britain’s fresh milk through the country’s largest distribution network as well as supplying several large grocery retailers.
McInnes said that the business would listen to colleagues, customers, farmers and suppliers before making the changes and savings required to build a combined business which was “sustainable, successful and vibrant”. He said any changes decided upon would be communicated to producers and others “clearly and in a timely manner”.
• Also in the dairy world, there was continued bad news for First Milk producers when interim chairman Nigel Evans announced more price cuts would be made this month.
He said that there would be a cut of 0.25p a litre for pools that supplied milk for cheese to the Campbeltown and Arran creameries while the Scottish balancing pool would drop by 0.18p a litre.
Terming the move “disappointing”, NFU Scotland milk committee chairman Graeme Kilkpatrick said: “While at a company level, First Milk’s turnaround plan has returned the co-op to operating profitably, the rewards haven’t reached members milk cheques yet.”