Milk prices in the West Midlands are set to rise by up to 5p a pint after dairies announced they were increasing the fees they pay to struggling milk farmers.
The decision by JN Dairies comes in the wake of national protests by farmers over the summer about the low prices paid by supermarkets and concerns that milk suppliers cannot make ends meet. The increase will be passed on to shops and retailers who will also put prices up. The company, based in Millfields Road, Wolverhampton, will increase fees for milk from Monday.
It supplies convenience stores and independent supermarkets across the Midlands.
Rival firm Johal Dairies on Cannock Road said it would also be putting prices up and was in the process of deciding on its increase.
Stafford-based Wells Farm Dairy has recently increased the cost by 3p per pint. It sells directly to customers including shops, hospitals, councils and door-to-door.
It will be up to retailers to set the prices.
JN Dairies boss Manrupe Singh Nijjar said: “We support the Dairy Coalition and we support the farmers.
“We will continue our commitment to work with our suppliers to support dairy farmers and therefore strengthen the industry.
“The increase paid will be in line with other market movements.
“The British Dairy Industry continues to suffer while it remains at its lowest point in modern times.
“The industry is faced with a catastrophe as hard-working British dairy farmers continue to go out of business partly as a result of unsustainable price wars between retailers, middle-ground dairy distributors and milk processors.
“The recent extensive media coverage of farmer action consisting of protests, political lobbying and blockades outside dairies and retailers has truly publicised the milk crisis and has categorically shown that dairy farmers have simply had enough.
“If they don’t receive more money, they will go out of business and there won’t be any British milk for anyone. It’s as simple as that.”