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Europe faces Christmas butter crisis, dairy producer warns

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santa cctv COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Milk prices are set to rise in Europe as the continent faces a shortage of milk, cream and butter by Christmas, the head of one of the world’s biggest dairy companies said on Friday. Global milk prices, which are up about 28 percent from 12 months ago after producers cut output, have stabilised in recent months but Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Danish-based dairy co-operative Arla Foods [ARLAF.UL], said world milk stocks were very low. “There has been a scarcity of milk in the whole world after the very low prices last year,” he told Reuters. “There is a big lack of fat, cream and butter products everywhere in Europe. It will not at all be possible to meet demand up to Christmas. It is those forces that are dragging up the prices significantly,” Tuborgh said. Milk prices rallied earlier this year after European producers cut output last year following the scrapping of European Union milk quotas in 2015, which had led to a sharp fall in prices. Arla, a co-operative owned by 12,500 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, said on Friday it would increase the price it pays for milk from its farmer owners for a third consecutive month in September, by one euro cent per kilo to 38.3 euro cents per kilo, and could raise it again before the end of the year. “After that we might increase it one more time this year, but that is a bit uncertain,” he said. The coming spring season in New Zealand will be key to further price moves in the global milk market, analysts have said. In the first half of this year, Arla increased the price it paid its farmer-owners by 19 percent. “I think we’ve already had the main part of the price increases we’ll see this year,” Tuborgh said. He predicted that milk production would catch up next year and grow by 2-3 percent. STRONG GROWTH IN ASIA AND AFRICA Arla, the world’s seventh-largest dairy company in terms of turnover, continues to expand outside of its main North European markets. Sales from outside Europe grew by 10 percent in the first half of this year to 792 million euros, or 16 percent of total revenue, it said. Sales to Asia jumped 36 percent from a year earlier while Sales to Asia jumped 36 percent from a year earlier while sales to sub-Saharan Africa rose 32 percent. "I would have been satisfied with growth rates of around 20 percent, and I think that is probably a more viable level long term," Tuborgh said.

Christmas comes early as supermarkets and shops stock up on festive treats... in August

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Holidays have come early to supermarkets and shops up and down the UK. Stores have already stocked up on festive treats in time for Christmas ... in August.
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Father Christmas needs helpers for Lapland - here's how to be the perfect elf

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Father Christmas needs helpers for Lapland - here's how to be the perfect elf You will need to have endless energy and a love for Christmas magic
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The interest free Christmas toy payment plan every parent needs to know about

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Toys R Us has launched its Christmas payment plan four months before the big day.
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HO NO NOMums moan about shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards in August… so when is too early to start preparing?

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A MUM has slammed super keen shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards and chocolates - before the kids have even gone back to school.
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Bah-humbug outcry over town centre shop’s Christmas display

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Christmas has arrived early at a town centre shop - and has caused a bah-humbug outcry among people still enjoying their summer holidays. Closs and Hamblin craft shop in West Street, Horsham, has a Christmas display in its window which has prompted many to cry ‘too soon’! Some have taken to social media to vent their feelings with one saying: “For goodness sake, it’s still summer.” Another posted: “Ridiculous. Actually makes me really cross.” But others leapt to the shop’s defence, pointing out that the shop caters for crafters who need time to create Christmas goodies.And shop manager Jody Riddle said: “If you are making Christmas it’s never too early to start.”But she admitted that the shop’s Christmas window display is a tad early this year. “We usually wait until after the children are back at school.”However, she said, the shop rotates its displays every two weeks and was planning furnishing displays over the next month. “Everything in our window is from our crafting range,” she said. “It’s not ready-made things for sale. We have some fabulous items - you can make your own Christmas stockings or advent calendars. Everything is selling really well.” Read more at: http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/bah-humbug-outcry-over-town-centre-shop-s-christmas-display-1-8116276 Read more at: http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/bah-humbug-outcry-over-town-centre-shop-s-christmas-display-1-8116276