Arla Foods, the business behind Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor has announced plans to merge with fellow dairy co-operative Milk Link. Milk Link own a number of dairies including Taw Valley Dairy in Devon and Tuxford & Tebbutt the renowned Stilton makers. The combined business will process more than three billion litres of milk per year and have a total turnover in excess of £2bn.
I wonder what this will mean for the farmers under contract to Arla and Milk Link? That is one powerful body to tell farmers what price they will pay for their cow’s milk.