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UK cheese exports up 6% but dairy chiefs state profits need to pass down to farmers

 

Demand for British cheese is increasing globally but farming chiefs have urged processors and retailers to ensure higher prices are filtered through the supply chain.

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Imports of Cheddar have dropped 39 per cent, with UK cheese exports up six per cent
Imports of Cheddar have dropped 39 per cent, with UK cheese exports up six per cent

It follows calls from Farmers For Action (FFA) and the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) yesterday calling for profits from the higher prices in milk powder and fat to be passed down to farmers.

 

Imports of Cheddar have dropped 39 per cent, with UK cheese exports up six per cent.

 

Dairy chiefs have said that while this was a positive sign for the industry, the next step must be for the value of cheese to increase throughout the supply chain.

 

Demand

 

At the International Cheese Show in Cheshire the national NFU dairy board chairman, Michael Oakes said: “The great news is more people than ever before are eating British cheese.”

 

“We have seen dairy commodity prices strengthening in recent weeks. The next step must be for the value of cheese to increase through the supply chain and for a fair share of that money to be passed back to the farm.”

 

Mr Oakes said while instore promotions were good for the shopper they could potentially squeeze producers even further.

 

He added: “The aim of these promotions is to sell more volume rather than diminish value. My question is who is paying for such promotions?”

 


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Cumulative imports between January and May 2016

  • Cheddar imports were 13 per cent (33,770 tonnes) down on 2015
  • Ireland imports decreased 20 per cent on 2015
  • Speciality imports decreased two per cent (3,277 tonnes) on 2015
  • French imports decreased 18 per cent (7,725 tonnes) on 2015

Cumulative exports between January and May 2016

  • UK cheese exports increased seven per cent (65,391 tonnes) on 2015
  • Total Cheddar exports increased seven per cent (31,874 tonnes) on 2015
  • Cheddar exports to the EU decreased by four per cent (985 tonnes)
  • Cheddar exports out of the EU increased by 43 per cent (3,155 tonnes)
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