Dairy Crest posts sales rise as butter costs soar

By Matt Atherton

- Last updated on GMT

Dairy Crest's key brands reported a combined 7% rise in sales
Dairy Crest's key brands reported a combined 7% rise in sales

Related tags Dairy crest Milk

Dairy Crest’s key brands delivered a 7% rise in sales in first-quarter trading, while input costs rose “substantially” over the three months.

The dairy processor was on track to deliver its full-year targets, after delivering good growth in the three months to June 2017, it said. But, increased cream prices put pressure on profit margins, so trading remained in line with expectations, despite strong sales growth.

Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen said: “Dairy Crest is well positioned for long-term sustainable profit growth. Despite the pressure on butter input costs, the strong performance of our cheese business means that our expectations for the year remain unchanged.

‘Delivered good growth’

“The year has started well and our branded business has delivered good growth in the first quarter. The functional ingredients business continues to progress well, and new customers are being signed up. We still expect that the profit contribution from this business will be second half weighted.”

The processor’s four key brands – Cathedral City, Clover, Frylight, and Country Life – all delivered sales growth. Dairy Crest highlighted Cathedral City’s performance, after sales increased 15% compared with the same period last year.

Deflationary market

The sales boost came after Dairy Crest reported, in May, that last year’s sales fell by 1.3%​. At the time, it blamed a deflationary market for the sales drop of almost £6M.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, rival dairy processor Arla Foods warned of increased butter and cream prices​. The UK was facing significant inflation on butter and cream, because there wasn’t enough being produced, said Arla’s chief executive Peder Tuborgh.

Butter and cream price rises – at a glance

  • UK to see ‘significant inflation’ on butter and cream by Christmas
  • Due to milk shortage
  • Farmers ‘must produce more’

Related news

Show more

Related products

Carbon Reduction for Large Energy Users

Carbon Reduction for Large Energy Users

Content provided by ESB Energy | 12-Nov-2021 | Product Brochure

ESB Energy Business Solutions can help you meet your companies carbon targets by 2050. We offer a range of sustainable tailored solutions to reduce the...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Featured Jobs

View more


Food Manufacture Podcast

Listen to the Food Manufacture podcast