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PRICE INCREASES AND SHORTAGES OF MILK BASED PROTEINS AND GAINERS

You know that we offer the best prices of any manufacturer, and our prices have not had a significant increase in the last 18 years. As you are probably aware, there have been massive price increases and there is now a serious shortage of milk and other protein. This is a worldwide problem which will affect everyone.

This is because of:

- Big increase in demand from Far East - especially China - for use in infant formula

- Reduction in milk supply in Australia - 12-15% down - due to drought

- Uncertainty with US milk production because of bio-fuel production. Feeds such as maize which would be fed to cows are being used to make diesel/petrol. Specifically for whey there is a reduction in raw material as some milk is diverted from cheese production into other, more profitable dairy products (e.g. skimmed milk powder)

We are especially affected because our retail prices are so low, and because we sell in 5kg and 2.5kg bulk packs. This means that the commodity price reflects most of our cost of production.

I know that some other brands have been pushing for price increases, but I believe that those who do not manufacture are fully aware how short supply is. We have supply contracts lasting until next spring, otherwise we would not be able to buy milk proteins at any price.

These higher prices may be with us for a long time. That is why, with regrets, I need to pass on these price increases.

i've been buying protein supplements from these guys for years

never recieved an email like this from them before...

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The supermarkets and government have played fast and loose with dairy farming, they've continued to drop prices paid to farmers for 10 years. So far UK supply has kept up (as they drop the price farmers work harder hence a vicious circle develops) unfortunately they pushed things a bit too far and they have used up all the milk powder and butter held in intervention. In the last two months we have seen price rises paid to farmers and another is rumoured for this month.

The big problem in the supply chain is caused by the price rise of grain. A considerable number of farmers have thrived over the last few years by not growing any crops, as grain has been cheap to buy in (basically at cost) they have expanded to maximise their milk production. Unfortunately this has left them wrong footed as the price of all the grain they have to buy in has gone up over 60% this year. As these farmers get squeezed there will be further pressure to increase prices.

It would seem that cheap food is not a government priority any more, they appear to have abandoned it in favour of diversifying into land based oil production.

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Will this result in a reversion to your former avatar, dnd? :P

could be - i'm dreading buying next year - quality protein is already expensive imo

the graphs they also supplied in the email for prices were parabolic...

slightly off topic (but 'health' related)...

the big pharmaceuticals are pushing the "Codex Alimentarius" to effectively take control of global supplement distribution in the future

controlling people's 'health' now to create a future market for drugs to fix future illnesses resulting from supplement quality/options reduction/withdrawn

truely evil imo

http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp

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i've been buying protein supplements from these guys for years

never recieved an email like this from them before...

Its funny how chronic shortages can always be addressed by price increases.

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Its funny how chronic shortages can always be addressed by price increases.

Yes, a global shortage..... I'm afraid there is nothing we can do.

You are willing to pay how much ?

Well, let me just phone our Martian factory......

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Yes, a global shortage..... I'm afraid there is nothing we can do.

You are willing to pay how much ?

Well, let me just phone our Martian factory......

Thats ok, we can all re-mortgage our protein shakes :lol:

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i've been buying protein supplements from these guys for years

never recieved an email like this from them before...

yes, we have noticed that as well.

My son & I both use protein supplements & we have just noticed the exact same product jump from £20 to £30, that's a 50% increase in 4 months. :o:o

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Its not going to cause a house price crash

Not in itself, but it's symptomatic of the endemic inflation that will continue to raise IRs, causing a crash.

The English Institute of Sport seems to think these are just as good: Do it yourself: make your own protein shake

Protein is important for any elite athlete, but you don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on specialist supplements. Plenty of everyday supermarket products contain good levels of protein and it’s even possible to make your own home-made protein energy shake for a fraction of the cost, explains EIS Nutritionist Karen Reid…

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