EXCLUSIVE: Milk suppliers plead for patience over price hikes, insist they are ‘not profiteering’

One supplier has raised the price of cheddar cheese between 5p and 10p, alongside clotted cream

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Leading milk suppliers are pleading with independent retailers to be patient with ongoing price increases due to spiralling costs.

Freshways announced last week that it would increase its milk prices by 7p per litre, while the price of cream would rise by 20%.

In a letter sent to stores, managing director Bali Nijjar explained the change had been implemented to “ensure we have enough milk available for our customers”.

He added: “We must maintain a competitive price with our farmers, and we have committed to paying our farmers another 5p per litre with effect from September 2022.”

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