Müller has signed a three-year partnership to supply Lidl UK with the majority of its liquid milk products effective on 1 June 2018.

The supply deal is part of Lidl’s commitment to support British farms and the partners said they believe it will provide security of supply for British dairy farmers.

Lidl UK’s Commercial Director, Ryan McDonnell, said: “We’re pleased to announce a long term partnership with Müller, which will see them provide liquid milk to the majority of our UK stores.

“Our ambition as a business is to put sustainability firmly at the heart of everything we do, and by supporting growth in the British dairy farming sector, we’re taking another crucial step in fulfilling that goal.”

Andrew McInnes, Managing Director of Müller Milk & Ingredients said: “This long-term strategic partnership has benefits for every part of the dairy supply chain, and will provide Lidl with a unique offering for its customers.

“It allows us to work closely with Lidl to drive innovation and growth in the milk and butter categories, leveraging the growing capabilities we have within our dairies.

“We are delighted that Müller Direct farmers will benefit from this innovative partnership. Locking a portion of their milk supply at a fixed price will significantly lower exposure to milk price volatility and we are confident that this move will be welcomed.”

Müller is a subsidiary of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller and is composed of two distinct businesses: Müller Milk and Ingredients and Müller Yogurt and Desserts.

Müller Milk and Ingredients has a large network of dairies and depots across the UK. It produces skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole and flavoured milks under four brands: FRijj, Puriti, Müller Milk and the One.