HA NOI — The Ministry of Finance yesterday sent official letters to dairy firms registering price increases and relevant state offices in efforts to stabilise prices.
|A customer shops for milk in a supermarket in Viet Tri City. The Ministry of Finance has asked diary firms not to increase the price of some products to keep prices stable. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet
According to letter 2078/BTC-QLG, since the start of the year, many milk firms have announced price hikes due to high production costs.
While milk product price adjustments are not required to be registered, dairy products still play a vital part in maintaining price stability, according to the Price Management Department.
To develop the socio-economy and control inflation, the Ministry of Finance asked dairy firms not to register price increases related to powder milk products for children under six years old when milk prices remain unchanged.
Regarding ready-to-drink milk products that have experienced price increases since early this year, the ministry required firms to provide reasons for such hikes by March 15.
The ministry additionally sent letter 2080/BTC-QLG to finance departments nation wide asking each to promote the inspection of price regulation implementation and help collect reports.
Ministerial letter 2079/BTC-QLG was sent out based on halting the increase of Nestle Viet Nam Ltd product prices due to import prices having remained the same, the department said.
In January, Vinamilk upped its prices by 5-7 per cent because of increases in input costs and exchange rates between the Vietnamese dong and US dollar.
Other dairy firms also announced increasing retail prices for some of their milk products.
FrieslandCampina Viet Nam increased its retail prices by 5 per cent based on Dutch Lady ready-to-drink milk and condensed milk from February 13 to compensate for high input costs and to ensure product quality.
Mead Johnson Viet Nam announced an 18-19 per cent price increase for three of its dairy products while the price for Abbott milk products surged by 9 per cent. Nestle Viet Nam also experienced price rises of 8-10 per cent.
The Fontera Brands Viet Nam increased the prices of its Anlene and Anmun milk products by 10 per cent. — VNS