Choosing British dairy

Glass jug of British milk with the back british farming logo on a blurred backdrop of black and white dairy cows

On behalf of British farmers we are asking retailers to:

  • Commit to support British dairy farmers by ensuring they are paying a sustainable farmgate price for all dairy products
  • Make country of origin labelling clear on all packaging and use the Red Tractor label where appropriate
  • Support British dairy products throughout the dairy category (on milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream, ice cream and butter)
  • Promote initiatives to increase consumption of dairy

Please note: The following information is from the NFU's own research and will be updated whenever possible. The NFU works closely with all the major retailers and aims to ensure that our knowledge of retailers’ sourcing policies is as up to date as possible. The information provided is based on a 12 month time period.

In some instances we’ve not been able to obtain the exact details of some retailers’ sourcing policies and this is indicated with a question mark or blank space. We would like all retailers to provide as much clarity as possible.

The following categories are defined as:

Milk – own brand liquid milk. Excludes use of milk in processed products.
Cheese – own brand indigenous cheese i.e. Cheddar, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester. Excludes products with protected origins.
Butter – own brand butter. Excludes use in processed products.
Yoghurt – own brand yoghurt. Excludes Greek yoghurt and products with protected origins.
Cream – own brand fresh cream. Excludes use in processed products.

Click on the image to download our guide:

Table to indicate sourcing policies of main supermarkets in the dairy sector

Related categories: Shopping guides

Last edited: 05 August 2020 at 11:24

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Ros Heath - 05/07/2020 14:14:02

I have the same question- couldn't find the answer on your site.

John Newitt - 11/09/2019 12:09:01

Which companies pay farmers a fair price for milk? I want to change to milk in a glass bottle (avoiding plastic campaign) from Dairy Crest (Muller) but I stopped using them in 2015 because of their unfair price.

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