Barber’s farmer suppliers to see milk price increase of six pence per litre by February 2017.
As well as milking 2,750 of our own cows, the Barber family also works with more than 130 farmers throughout Somerset and Dorset, who supply us with the quality milk we need to make award-winning cheddar. Dairy farming and cheesemaking have long been a central part of our local economy and we’re committed to seeing this way of life continue. As customer demand for our cheese continues to grow, it’s vital that we support farmers to produce the additional milk required.
We are therefore pleased to announce a series of three milk price increases for our farmer suppliers over the next quarter, which will see the milk price rise to 30p per litre by February. This equates to an increase of 25% over the next three months and sees us leading the way in the cheese market when it comes to paying farmers for their milk.
Giles Barber says of the increase: ‘We believe that our customers want us to pay a fair and honest price for the milk that goes into making Barber’s cheddar - a price that allows efficient farmers to make a sustainable return and invest in their businesses to produce the high quality milk that we need. In an industry that has been in turmoil for the last two years this has been difficult to achieve but, with light at the end of the tunnel, we wanted to take the first opportunity we could to return a fairer milk price back to our farmers.’