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Britain's Tesco Raises Price It Pays Milk Suppliers Again

Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco will hike the price it pays for all its fresh milk for a second time in three months as suppliers battle unprecedented levels of on-farm inflation, it said on Friday.

The group, which has an over 27% share of Britain's grocery market, said that more than 500 British dairy farmers that make up the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) will see the retailer pay them 46 pence per litre from 1 July, which is up from 41.59 pence per litre.

Soaring Feed Cost 

The rise, which follows a near 20% increase in May, reflects the soaring cost of feed, fuel and fertiliser that dairy farmers are having to endure.

Tesco did not say what the implications would be for the price that shoppers pay for milk.

Own Brand 

Several of Tesco's own brand milk lines, including four-pint variants, are covered by a scheme which matches the prices of German-owned discounter Aldi.

Last month market researcher Kantar said that grocery price inflation hit 7.0% in the four weeks to 15 May, its highest level in almost 13 years.

The Kantar data also showed Tesco continuing to outperform its big four rivals - Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons on a sales value basis.

Ken Murphy, CEO, Tesco said in January the grocer would do its "very best" to manage inflationary pressures.

Read More: Britain's Tesco Hikes Price It Pays Milk Suppliers By A Fifth

News by Reuters, edited by Donna Ahern, Checkout. For more A-brand stories, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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