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Asda and Dale Farm ‘Farmers Milk’ Offers Cash Boost for NI Dairy Farmers

Additional 25p of retail price goes back to local farmers

November 23, 2016 02:35pm
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Asda is the first supermarket in Northern Ireland to stock Dale Farm Farmers’ Milk, giving its customers the option to pay a little extra in support of local dairy farmers.

Available in each of Asda’s 16 NI stores from 21st November, Dale Farm Farmers’ Milk will retail at £1.12, which is 25 pence above the price for a standard 2 litres. The additional 25p will be returned to Dale Farm and shared equally among the company’s 1300 farmer owners.

The initiative was developed after research revealed that 63% of consumers said they would willingly pay more for dairy products if they were assured the extra money goes back to farmers.

The Northern Ireland launch follows on from the success of a similar scheme in GB where Asda has partnered with Arla, the farmer-owned dairy co-operative, to supply the ‘give a little back’ milk which has been well received by customers.

The new Dale Farm-branded 2 litre milk will be available in both whole and semi-skimmed varieties and Asda is anticipating it will account for approximately 5% of its total milk sales.

Stephen Cameron, Group Commercial Director, Dale Farm commented: “The launch of Dale Farm’s ‘Farmers Milk’ is a great boost to our dairy farmers, especially during winter months when they have additional costs. Research shows that where food comes from, and who benefits, influences how people fill their shopping basket. Consumers are willing to pay more if they know it goes directly to the farmers that produce it. “At Dale Farm, our farmers don’t just milk the cows, they own the company. We are grateful to Asda for their continued support and for providing an opportunity for shoppers to give something back to Dale Farm dairy farmers.”

With the countdown to Christmas underway Michael McCallion, Asda’s Head of Local Sourcing for Scotland and Northern Ireland, believes the introduction of Farmers’ Milk to Asda’s NI local stores is timely:

“More than ever our customers want to understand where their food comes from and how it is produced. Through our support of initiatives such as Open Farm Weekend and Balmoral Show, we’ve raised awareness of the role Asda plays in the food chain and communicated important messages about food provenance.

“Dale Farm Farmers’ Milk is another example of effective collaboration, helping to communicate the ‘farm-gate to plate’ message in a meaningful way and offering our customers the chance to play their part in supporting the agricultural community.”

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