Listed Canterbury milk processor Synlait is heading towards its first financial loss ever, but is telling its farmer suppliers not to worry.
Synlait chief executive Leon Clement says that in line with other commodities, dairy prices have eased significantly this year.
“As a result (prices) are lower than we were anticipating when the forecast was set in January.”
Synlait’s opening forecast for the 2020- 21 season is $6/kgMS.
Clement says COVID-19 has created significant global uncertainty.
“We don’t yet have a clear view of COVID-19’s economic impact, but we do know it will impact demand, resulting in our decision to release a conservative opening forecast for the 2020- 2021 season.”