Arla Foods was on a collision course with dairy farmers this week after it said it would reduce the amount it paid for raw milk by 0.35ppl to 19.65ppl.
The cut came after Arla’s announcement last week that its profits for the six months to March 31 had doubled to £10.1m. Farmers For Action boss David Handley said: “It’s very simple - if they don’t reverse it, they will feel the full might of farmers’ commitment.” He added that Arla’s dairies and depots would be picketed by FFA until they agreed to reverse the cut.
The NFU, meanwhile, said the cuts were “unjustifiable”.
But Arla blamed its competitors’ refusal to restore cuts in prices made last year. Director of milk buying Peter Walker said: “The market is very tough. It isn’t just about returns from the retail liquid sector.”