Asda is seeking meetings with representatives from Dale Farm and the Ulster Farmers’ Union to discuss the most responsible course of action for local farmers and customers on milk prices.
This week Morrisons, in response to the ongoing dairy crisis over prices, announced that it was to create a new milk brand in Great Britain which will cost an extra 10p for shoppers.
An Asda spokesperson said: “We’re taking this matter seriously and have followed recent developments with interest. We’ve worked in partnership with Dale Farm over the past decade to build an open and transparent relationship with our farmer owned co-operative and we are committed to constructive discussions about how we can further support them. We recognise there are challenges across a number of agricultural sectors and are seeking to meet with representatives from both Dale Farm and the Ulster Farmer’s Union to discuss the most responsible course of action for both our farmers and customers.
“Asda’s policy is to source local products first and we have a positive record in local dairy sourcing for both milk and cheese with all our fresh milk coming from Northern Ireland. Ahead of our meetings we will continue to explore the options available to support our dairy farmers, whilst ensuring our customers don’t end up shouldering the burden of any actions.”