Milk men raid forces Iceland to shut doors
Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00
A Dublin city supermarket was forced to shut its doors following a lightning strike by 150 angry dairy farmers last week.
The Iceland branch in the Ilac shopping mall in Dublin's city centre was the target for the protest, following their decision to sell Northern Irish milk for 99c for two litres.
The farmers invaded the supermarket on Thursday evening at 7pm and proceeded to clog up aisles and checkouts. Iceland staff called the Garda, who cleared the store before it was shut more than one hour before normal closing time.
One of the protesters, who declined to be named, said further protests were likely.
Glanbia liquid milk suppliers were already smarting from the fact that their contracted volumes had been cut by more than 4pc from today.
The move comes on the back of declining branded milk sales. Brands such as Avonmore and Premier were reportedly down 3.5pc overall last year against cheaper own-brand alternatives. The growth in supermarkets' own-brand milk sales has helped the volume of Northern Irish milk sold in the Republic to double since 2002.
The latest agreement between Glanbia liquid milk suppliers means that the farmers will be paid 37c/l for all milk supplied for the first three months of 2011.
This represents a 2c/l increase on the contracted price for the same period last year, according to the Fresh Milk Producers executive secretary, John Graham. He said that Glanbia liquid milk suppliers' average price for 2010 was 4.9c higher than the average price paid for manufacturing milk during the same period.