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New price set for Welsh milk at 38.5p per litre

By William Dodds

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Work began on the creamery in September 2021. Credit: Pembrokeshire Creamery
Work began on the creamery in September 2021. Credit: Pembrokeshire Creamery

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Pembrokeshire Creamery has launched a new price for Welsh milk ahead of starting production.

Announced on St David’s Day, 1 March 2024, Pembrokeshire Creamery set an April milk price of 38.5p per litre, using the industry-recognised Liquid Standard Litre.

The creamery, which is set to be completed shortly, will be the only liquid milk bottling facility in Wales certified to supply Welsh supermarkets.

When the development is completed and begins operations later this spring, it will produce, process and distribute local Welsh milk across the country.

Eliminating the need for transporting milk to England for processing, Pembrokeshire Creamery will significantly reduce food miles, streamline the supply chain, create new skilled jobs in the Pembrokeshire area and bolster local farming communities.

As a result, Pembrokeshire Creamery has been able to offer producers that have already committed and those considering committing a milk price from the start of next month.

Commenting on the announcement, the creamery’s managing director Mark McQuade said: “It seemed fitting, on St David’s Day, to launch an April milk price for Welsh milk which we hope will be sufficiently competitive to attract farmers from across the region to consider us as a potential customer.

“We will be the only BRC Certified facility to offer Welsh milk that is also bottled in Wales enabling us to offer an authentically Welsh milk supply for Welsh supermarket stores.

“This unique selling point gives Pembrokeshire Creamery, and the farmers who work with us, a strong point of difference in meeting the needs of both retailers and consumers who increasingly value locally-sourced produce.​”

The development of Pembrokeshire Creamery has been supported by the Welsh Government and the EU RDP-funded Food Business Investment Scheme, while additional funding has been supplied by HSBC.

Construction began in September 2021, with the 3,000 square metre facility costing £12.5m to build.

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