Sainsbury’s has revealed that it is set to work with two additional processers from July 2017 to help deliver a “long-term, sustainable supply of fresh British milk”.
Through its dedicated group of 270+ farmers, its fresh British milk and cream is currently processed by Arla and Muller Milk & Ingredients. From next year, supply will also be processed through Tomlinson and Medina.
The group said the changes to the milk processors come as part of a supplier tender, which is a standard process across retail to ensure customers are offered the best quality and value. Whilst changes will be introduced from next year and run until 2020, the retailer said it will continue to source from the same group of farmers and remains committed to the long-term sustainability of the Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group.
The two additional processors are family owned businesses. Tomlinson’s Dairies, a processor based in Wrexham, Wales will take on milk distributed to stores in Wales and parts of England and Medina Dairy will supply a number of stores in the South of England.