16
October
2015

Dairy Industry Strenghtens Nutritional Promotion of Milk and Dairy

Recognition of the nutritional benefits of dairy products is increasing across major European and global dairy markets.

Experts from 20 different countries gathered in Edinburgh for the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress heard that attitudes to the nutritional value of dairy were changing in a positive way.

In the UK alone dairy products are present in 98% of households, but the industry has to continue to work harder to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy.

Speaking at the EDA World Dairy Forum, Dr Mike Johnson, Chief Executive of The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, said: "Attitudes towards dairy are changing in a positive way. The effects of milk and dairy foods on health are about more than the individual nutrients they contain. Rather, the unique combination of nutrients, bioactive factors and other components, and how they interact with each other in the dairy matrix, combine to produce the overall effect on health.

"The challenge is to leverage these positive changes to develop sales, and this can best be achieved through generic and brand marketing working together."

Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group, also took part in the discussion, focusing on the Dairy APPG's recent work on dairy and public health and how to encourage support from parliamentarians.

Speaking at the EDA World Dairy Forum, Heather Wheeler MP, said: "At a time when the industry needs strong support and tangible solutions to weather the current storm, it is disheartening to hear negative or misleading messages about the benefits of milk and dairy products. Therefore, we decided to launch a new enquiry and look at the role of dairy in the public health debate to support the future of the UK dairy industry by highlighting the unique contribution of dairy to public health.

"Over the next few weeks, we will examine the impact of public health policies on the dairy industry and on consumers. We want to ensure the dairy food group plays a key role in any government strategy on public health and healthy eating, and we must address misconceptions about the benefits of dairy and its role in a healthy and balanced diet."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, added: "The science that underpins the nutritional benefits of milk is very formidable and we are delighted that the public is so supportive of dairy but we need to keep pressing home that these are nutritionally great foods which form an important part of a healthy diet."

Other speakers included Isabel MacNeil, Group Manager of Industry Promotion and Product Innovation, who led an award-winning 'Legendairy' marketing campaign to paint a positive picture about the dairy industry.

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16
October
2015

Experts Outline Future for Dairy Industry

International dairy experts today outlined the future for the dairy industry.

Dairy UK Chairman Dr David Dobbin called on the industry to focus on growing added value sales to the domestic and export markets, as well as increasing the promotional activity of dairy products to the public.

Nearly 200 delegates from 20 dairy-producing countries attending the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress were told that the prospects for the industry remain positive despite the global crisis this year.

Dr David Dobbin, Chairman of Dairy UK which is hosting the EDA Congress, said: "The fundamental cause of the adverse dairy markets of the last year was over-production with the growth in global milk production overtaking demand.

"However, our members are optimistic, not pessimistic, about their future. We are acutely aware of the challenges we need to overcome to succeed.

"We must develop an economically sustainable growth strategy, market led and focusing on growing in value not just volume.

"We need to build our competitiveness focusing on improving on product and process innovation and supply chain integrity. And we need to actively promote and educate emerging generations on the nutritional value of dairy products.

"While we look to Government and the EU Commission to help us create an environment where we can succeed, first and foremost we in the British dairy industry must take the lead and take control over our own destiny."

Joost Korte, Deputy Director General for Agricultural and Rural Development at the European Commission, said the abolition of quotas was not responsible for low milk prices and added that if the EC had raised intervention price it would not have reduced supply of milk.

Joost said total consumption growth is forecast to be 2.1% with EU milk deliveries growth at around 0.8% and the Commission will publish its 10-year forecast for the industry in December.

Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Executive Vice President of Arla Foods UK, said three global strategies needed to be adopted for future success in the areas of health, naturalness and sustainability.

"The future of dairy can be promising if we take the right actions now", he said. "We should not be afraid of the milk as we strive to attain sustainable growth."

Ronald Kers, Chief Executive Officer, Global Muller Group, told the congress: "We gain competitive advantage by driving value through innovation, brands, scale and operational excellence. Being able to sell British products to British consumers is important. It is all about bringing added value to the consumer."

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15
October
2015

European Dairy Industry Makes Major Strides in Sustainability

Education and training are at the heart of key initiatives across Europe to promote the benefits of the dairy industry and its products.

Two renowned sustainability experts today outlined at the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress in Edinburgh programmes to facilitate job creation, training and development in the dairy industry.

Chris Edwards, Business Development Manager at Tetra Pak, presented the Eden project, a unique UK initiative set up by and for the dairy industry specifically to train dairy technicians and engineers.

Tom Banham, Head of Academy Talent Acquisition at Nestlé, also shared his insights at the breakout session about the European-wide Alliance for YOUth scheme which has seen Nestlé partner with almost 200 companies in Europe to assist young people in finding work opportunities

Chris said: "The Eden Project was created from concept in 2007 and has been organic ever since. Its aim is to tackle the acute skills shortage particularly in the UK dairy industry but reflected across Europe. Since then we have seen the training scheme grow and develop into something really relevant, up to date and special for our industry.

"It's about developing knowledge, skills and behaviours for the future of young dairy technical talent by creating a shared learning environment for our future colleagues."

Tom added: "Unemployment today affects one in four young people below 25 and their 6 million families. This development, combined with an increasingly ageing workforce, is a serious threat to the European economy, as the EU market loses several billions of euros annually.

"It is essential that we provide practical help, insights and advice to students as we plan for the future and train the next generation of technical and commercial experts who will become the future leaders of companies like Nestlé and the wider food and drink manufacturing sector."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The UK dairy industry works hard to address any skills shortage and to ensure the future of the dairy industry is sustainable. We are committed to promoting the dairy industry as a career-rich sector.

"The results so far have been encouraging and the dairy sector constantly strives to come up with workable solutions. Sustainability remains at the heart of the agenda across Europe."

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15
October
2015

Global Dairy Markets to Enjoy Continued Growth, Predict Experts

Dairy markets will continue to enjoy growth around the world despite the very significant short term challenges facing the industry.

Speaking at the Economics Seminar at the European Dairy Association (EDA) Annual Congress in Edinburgh, Kevin Bellamy, Senior Analyst at Rabobank, said: "Global growth should continue at 2% or more.

"There is clearly too much milk on the world market and leading dairy countries, such as New Zealand, have been facing extremely challenging conditions. Emerging markets should provide the opportunity for more balanced growth on the international market."

He cited the changing market conditions in the US to be significant for the future of the dairy industry. "There are rising stocks in the US which is likely to reach a tipping point, resulting in milk prices falling by the end of 2015. The strength of the dollar will also hamper export efforts", he said.

Mr Bellamy also said that changing conditions in New Zealand and the US could lead to 1bn litres of less surplus on the world market.

Other factors having a major influence on the world market are the continued Russian ban on imports and the reduction in China's demand for imports, in addition to continuing high levels of production in Europe.

The Congress was told that the drop in oil prices and exchange rates were also material factors, particularly for emerging markets.

"Demand for dairy will expand, particularly driven by emerging markets, and this will result in more target destinations for companies. There will be plenty of opportunities for dairy built primarily on population growth and per capita consumption."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The UK and European markets are affected by global factors and we in the UK industry must continue to make every effort to be internationally competitive and add value to dairy."

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29
September
2015

New Cheesy Choices for Children's Lunchboxes - British Cheese Board

The British Cheese Board (BCB) and TV chef Peter Sidwell have launched a new campaign which is guaranteed to make your child's lunchbox cheesier and healthier.

CMAD1To celebrate the launch of their new campaign, Cheese Makes a Difference to Healthy Lunchboxes, the BCB and Peter Sidwell hosted a children's cookery class in a primary school to teach children some of the simple and tasty ways to incorporate cheese into their lunchboxes.

Peter Sidwell has created a range of delicious cheesy lunchbox ideas, including tortilla stars with cheesy dip; cheese and pepperoni twists; savoury cheese muffins and pizza quesadillas, to show that a cheesy lunch can be so much more than a cheese sandwich.

The campaign was designed following a recent survey commissioned by the BCB amongst 500 children and parents to find out just how much the nation knows and likes about cheese. The results showed that over 20% of children eat cheese every day and 45% eat it every other day. Only 1% of children surveyed said they never ate cheese – showing just how popular cheese is.

Cheddar is especially loved by children, with 63% ranking it as their favourite cheese. Over a quarter of children surveyed said that cheese was their favourite lunchbox filling, whereas 31% said it was their favourite food and 40% voted cheese as their favourite sandwich filling.

Some other interesting survey results include:

  • 45% of kids like to eat melted cheese, but interestingly almost 10% believed that melted cheese was worse for you;
  • 77% of kids knew that cheese comes from cows, although almost 5% said they thought it came from the moon. Additionally, 3% of kids thought cheese grew in the ground and 3% believed it grew on trees;
  • 24% of children surveyed said all food tastes better covered in cheese;
  • 11% also thought that cheese makes you smarter.

Peter Sidwell said: "I really hope parents find my recipes useful and informative, and more importantly I hope children enjoy them. We all love a classic cheese sandwich but what we are trying to achieve through this campaign is to show that we can do so much more with cheese. Whether it's a quesadilla or some cheesy dumplings, my recipes will demonstrate some creative and healthy ways of incorporating more cheesy choices into our children's lunchboxes.

CMAD2"Today has been a great day – we had a wonderful time with the kids during our cooking class and I have no doubt they will enjoy these new cheesy choices for their lunchboxes."

The nutritional aspect of cheese is often disregarded by the misconception that cheese is bad for you, with 22% of children surveyed believing this to be true as cheese contains fat. However, encouragingly almost half of the children surveyed recognised that cheese was good for you because it is packed full of calcium.

Cheese is not only a great source of calcium, but it is also packed with phosphorous, both of which help to maintain strong teeth and healthy bones, as well as protein which is essential for children's growth and development and Vitamin B12 which is important for the immune system.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "We are delighted to launch our Cheese Makes a Difference to a Healthy Lunchbox campaign today. It is a real pleasure to work with Peter again after our successful cheesy salad campaign this summer and to get his creative input on how to use cheese in lunchboxes.

"Every parent is concerned about their child's nutritional intake and cheese is an ideal way to make sure they're on the right road to meet dairy requirements for calcium, protein, Vitamin B12 and phosphorous – all of which are vital to a young child's development. Cheese is a nutritious and versatile food that can be part of any meal to help meet children's nutritional needs.

"Our survey confirms that cheese remains a staple of the UK diet, with 99% of children eating cheese at least once a week. With so many great British cheeses available, it is very easy for parents to pick their children's favourite as a tasty and healthy addition to their lunchbox.

"I would like to thank Colham Manor Primary School for taking part in our cheesy lunchbox cookery class, it is fantastic to get such positive engagement from teachers and parents."

Mr Simon Hawley, Headteacher at Colham Manor Primary School, added: "As a school, we are working hard to encourage our pupils to bring in healthy, balanced packed lunches – and cheese is an important part of that. Research also states that dairy produce is important for a child's development.

"It was evident today that cheese is not just a healthy addition to a child's lunchbox, but it is tasty and versatile. I look forward to seeing some more cheesy lunchboxes with a balance of different food groups around the school in the near future."

The campaign, Cheese Makes a Difference to Healthy Lunchboxes, is part of an umbrella campaign to promote British cheese and supports the industry's overarching Dairy Makes a Difference initiative.

The BCB will be hosting a social media competition for children and their parents to post a picture of their cheesy lunchbox using the hashtag #CheeseMAD for the chance to win a free iPad.

Peter Sidwell's cheesy lunchbox recipes can be downloaded at www.britishcheese.com/campaigns/lunchboxes where full survey results can also be viewed.

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18
September
2015

Dairy UK Appoints New Chairman As Industry Drives Dairy Agenda Forward

Dr David Dobbin CBE was elected Chairman of Dairy UK today at the organisation's Annual General Meeting. Dr Dobbin is Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers, a leading UK dairy co-operative.

Dr Dobbin said: "I am acutely aware that I am taking on the Chair of Dairy UK at a time when our industry faces significant challenges along the supply chain for farmers and processors alike. While we look to the Government and EU Commission to support the dairy sector in the current global market crisis, we must look first and foremost to what we can do ourselves.

"We must continue to be market rather than production led, continue to build our international competitiveness and continue to create added value through product and process innovation. There are clearly opportunities to promote British dairy produce and increase our market share in our home market, as well as grow exports. Dairy UK has an important role to play in all of this.

"Driving demand for dairy products means ensuring Government agencies and consumers at home and abroad recognise our industry's capability and commitment to produce food products that are safe, nutritious and sustainable. These are goals that Dairy UK and its subsidiaries are already working hard to achieve and intend to further enhance going forward.

"I look forward to working with my Board colleagues and the Dairy UK executive to help to drive the dairy agenda forward. I believe the UK dairy industry can hold its own against the very best, but we need Government to help us create an environment where we can successfully compete and generate viable and sustainable returns for farmers and processors."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Dairy UK is delighted to have such a formidable advocate of the dairy industry's activities and products as David Dobbin at its helm. The Board of Dairy UK and the executive team are also very grateful to Billy Keane for his Chairmanship, during which he led the organisation forward with drive and commitment."

Dr Bryans also welcomed the election of Paul Vernon from Glanbia Cheese and Peter Giørtz-Carlsen from Arla Foods as Vice-Chairs of Dairy UK. "Mr Vernon and Mr Giørtz-Carlsen bring with them a wealth of expertise and insights on the dairy industry. I look forward to working with such a strong and experienced leadership team to drive the industry forward and seize the opportunities that lie ahead."

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15
September
2015

UK Dairy Industry Steps Up Its Environmental Performance

Preliminary results from the 2015 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report show that dairy processors have achieved a 15% increase in energy efficiency since 2008, meaning they are just steps away from meeting the Climate Change Agreements and Dairy Roadmap 2020 targets of 13.6% and 15% respectively.

The report also details the significant progress made in waste management. Processors attained a 22% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill per tonne of product input and demonstrated an 18% increase in the amount of waste recycled or recovered per tonne of product input.

The main findings of the 2015 benchmarking report are:

  • A 15% increase in energy efficiency;
  • A 15% increase in water efficiency;
  • A 4% decrease in effluent* loads per tonne product input;
  • A 22% decrease in waste to landfill per tonne product input;
  • An 18% increase in waste recycled/recovered per tonne product input.

Joanna Stewart, Environmental Manager at Dairy UK, said: "The report sends a very positive message and reiterates the UK dairy industry's commitment to tackling the environmental challenges of food production. These results are particularly impressive given that the throughput of the reporting sites increased by 23% in the same period.

"The Benchmarking Tool is a valuable resource for processors to track their performance and identify areas for improvement. The UK dairy processing sector is on track to meet its Dairy Roadmap targets and processors will continue to make every effort to reach the next step."

*discharge of liquid waste from processing site

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10
September
2015

Dairy UK Calls for Key Measures to Help Dairy Industry

Dairy UK today set out key measures that should be brought forward to alleviate the 'real crisis' facing the UK dairy industry.

Giving Evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee at Westminster, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Everyone in the industry is acutely aware of the situation farmers are in. It is a real crisis and it is one that is affecting processors too. Dairy UK is delighted that the EFRA committee chose to look at this topic again following its review at the end of last year. It highlights the importance that Government ministers place in helping the UK dairy industry in the short and long term and we thank the Chair Neil Parish MP for giving us the opportunity to give evidence.

"There are a number of measures that could help the situation and the raising of the intervention price is key. We were surprised and disappointed that a review of the intervention price was not supported yesterday by the European Commission but we believe this could make a significant difference in the short and medium term.

"We also urge government throughout the UK to do what it can to encourage the procurement of British dairy products by public bodies and organisations. If we can drive more demand here it could be a substantial market and could make a difference."

Dairy UK also told the committee that government assistance in arranging foreign trade visits to the UK should be stepped up as there is clearly room for improvement in the organisation of such visits.

Dr Bryans told the committee that Dairy UK's Farmers' Forum had conducted a survey of farmers to get their views on how dairy products could be better promoted.

"Dairy companies are spending around £150million on brand promotion but if we want to promote and protect the underlying integrity of British dairy products that requires promotional funding from other sources."

Speaking at the hearing, Dairy UK Policy and Sustainability Director, Peter Dawson said: "Defra should work closely with Dairy UK to access the increase in promotion funds announced as part of the Commission's support package. Every major manufacturer has an export strategy and the EU fund would act as a significant multiplier for industry promotion efforts."

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07
September
2015

Dairy UK Statement on European Agriculture Council Meeting

Commenting on today's Agriculture Council meeting and the comprehensive support package announced by the EU Commission, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

"The Commission's announcement includes a number of positive steps to support the dairy industry. The measures focusing on trade and exports, promotion and volatility are very much in line with Dairy UK's key priorities and we are already actively involved in developing export markets, facilitating foreign inspection visits, exploring new tools to manage the impact of price volatility and promoting our great British dairy products.

"However, we are very disappointed by the Commission's stance on the review of the intervention price. Although we agree with and fully support a market-oriented industry, exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Increasing the intervention price would help stabilise the market and give the dairy industry a much-needed immediate relief."

Dr Bryans also addressed the announcement made by Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss earlier today.

"Going forward, it will be crucial for Defra to work with the whole dairy supply chain to achieve the goals set out by the Secretary of State today. The dairy industry from farm to fridge is affected by harsh market conditions and the situation will only improve thanks to productive collaboration throughout the supply chain.

"The Secretary of State needs to work with all parties and ensure that all sides of the dairy industry are given the right tools and support to be able to focus on solutions to this crisis".

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02
September
2015

Dairy UK Launches Guidance on Injury Prevention

Dairy UK has published a report on how to prevent injuries in the workplace, which will be made available to all dairy processing sites.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than one third of injuries in the food and drink industry are due to slips and trips in the workplace. The report looks at how to prevent injuries dues to slips and trips in dairy sites.

The new guidance recommends that dairies carry out internal surveys and risk assessments to determine hazardous areas and levels of risk.

Andy Melachrino, Chair of Dairy UK's Occupational Health and Safety Committee, said: "This report is a welcome tool to help drive down injuries due to slips and trips across the sector, which still represent nearly 30% of all lost time injuries. Slips and trips which result in a fall, are by far the highest cause of major reportable injuries and can have serious, and often life changing, effects on people's lives.

"The guidance contains very practical tips and case studies to help review existing practices ways of working and will prove a valuable tool in any injury reduction strategy. We are now considering what we can do next to help promote these practical measures, so watch out for further developments."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The report we have published outlines some key factors and best practice to minimise the likelihood of slips in trips in the workplace. It is essential that our colleagues in the industry develop their own risk assessments to ensure the safety of their staff. I'm very grateful to the members of the Dairy UK Occupational Health & Safety Committee for their ongoing efforts to enhance the wellbeing of dairy staff."

The report is available for download here.

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17
August
2015

Dairy UK Statement on Defra Dairy Meeting

Commenting on today's meeting convened by the Secretary of State, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

"We had a constructive meeting with the Secretary of State, Agriculture Ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and dairy farming representatives to discuss the taxing times facing the dairy industry and how the Government can help the industry today and going forward.

"The current global crisis is well beyond the control of dairy farmers and processors and all Ministers are aware that the whole industry is working in extremely difficult conditions.

"After an open exchange of views, it was agreed that transparency in origin labelling and improved branding were important for consumers to be able to choose British products as easily as possible. We were pleased to see that the Government is progressing the agenda on public procurement and is keen to support the industry on exports. Dairy UK also renewed its call for the EU Commission to raise the intervention price as we believe this is an urgently needed measure to ease the pressure on the sector.

"In the long term, we need a collaborative approach throughout the supply chain to develop a toolbox to handle the impact of volatility which, as we know, is now an inherent part of the milk market."

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12
August
2015

European Dairy Association / Assifonte Annual Congress

The European Dairy Association, Assifonte and Dairy UK are delighted to invite you to the 2015 Annual Congress in historic Edinburgh to take a closer look at the UK dairy industry, future prospects for the European dairy industry and the challenges around marketing health.

Join the European and global dairy industries to discuss how 2015 can be a new start for European dairy and what the future holds for our sector.

Confirmed speakers for the World Dairy Forum include:

  • Dr Joost Korte (European Commission)
  • Peter Giørtz-Carlsen (Arla Foods)
  • Ronald Kers (Müller UK & Ireland)
  • Dr Sil van den Ploeg (Meggle AG)
  • Paul Vernon (Glanbia)
  • Robert Graham (Graham's the Family Dairy)
  • Isabel MacNeill (Dairy Australia)
  • Sandy Wilkie (The Dairy Council)
  • Dr Mike Johnston (Dairy Council of Northern Ireland)
  • Julia Glotz, Moderator (The Grocer)

Confirmed speakers for the Economics & Sustainability breakout sessions include:

  • Kevin Bellamy (Rabobank)
  • Matthew Johnson (Rabobank)
  • Richard Laxton (Arla Foods)
  • Anna Baptista (Nestlé)
  • Frédéric Chausson (Sodiaal)
  • Prof Johan de Tavernier (University of Leuven)

Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting. You will discover stunning scenery, striking architecture, fine food, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and world-class visitor attractions.

Join us for the Welcome Reception and a private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world.

For more information and to register, visit the Congress website at www.eda2015.eu or contact the Organising Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!

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28
July
2015

Cheese Champion Recognised by British Cheese Board Award

Former British Cheese Board (BCB) Secretary Nigel White received the BCB Nantwich Show Cheese Industry Award today at The Nantwich Show in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the UK dairy industry.

Nigel, who recently stepped down as Secretary of both the British Cheese Board and the Stilton Cheese Makers' Association, began his dairy career in 1971 at the Milk Marketing Board. In 1996 he was appointed Secretary of the British Cheese Board, overseeing and leading in all matters concerning marketing and promotion to celebrate great British cheeses. During his tenure he also acted as the spokesperson for the organisation.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Nigel has dedicated his entire career to promoting our great British cheeses – his commitment has been unfaltering over the years. I am delighted that Nigel is being acknowledged for his dedication to the British cheese industry, he is a very worthy recipient.

"Over the years the BCB has done a tremendous job in promoting British cheese. Its incorporation into Dairy UK demonstrates the unswerving commitment across the industry to maximise the promotion of our tasty, versatile and nutritious home-grown cheeses.

"This summer we launched our successful 'Making a Difference to Summer Eating' campaign to demonstrate the diverse ways cheese can be used to make our salads more nutritious. Throughout autumn and winter we will be carrying out two more campaigns – we have a great story to tell about our great British cheese and we won't hold back in telling it."

On presenting Nigel with his award, celebrity chef Peter Sidwell said: "Over the course of a 44 year long career, Nigel has been a passionate champion of British cheese. I was delighted to hand out this award to a great cheese enthusiast on behalf of the cheese industry."

Award-winner, Former BCB Secretary Nigel White said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be the recipient of this year's Cheese Industry Award. After dedicating my career to promoting and protecting the British cheese industry, it is a true honour to be recognised today by my peers. Britain produces some of the finest cheeses in the world and it is an industry I am extremely proud to be a part of."

Bruce Macdonald, Chairman of the International Cheese Awards, added: "It's great to see Nigel recognised for his lifetime commitment to British cheese. As we have seen today at the Nantwich Show, our cheese industry is one of the best in the world and it is an industry the UK can be extremely proud of."

The award was given to Nigel at the Nantwich Show, the largest international cheese show, on Tuesday 28th July.

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27
July
2015

Survey Calls on Dairy Farmers to Share Views on Dairy Promotion

The Dairy UK Farmers' Forum has reached out to dairy farmers across the country to gather their view on promotion of dairy products.

The survey, circulated last week, focuses on generic promotion of dairy products and consumer education on milk and dairy.

Lyndon Edwards, Chairman of the Farmer's Forum, said: "The Farmers' Forum has been debating whether we, as an industry, are making the best of promotional and educational opportunities. The end of quotas, for example, does pose the question of whether we are doing enough to maximise the understanding of dairy foods to drive up demand, should more milk be produced.

"With so many alternative products seeking to displace dairy in the British diet, it is clear that our competitors see an opportunity to exploit consumer confusion about the virtues of dairy. Although the balance of scientific evidence seems to be moving in favour of dairy, getting this information across to consumers would require significant investment."

The Farmers' Forum believes there is a wide range of reasons to invest more in promotion to, and education of, consumers. However, they are hoping to gather enough evidence to ensure that it is a broadly shared view amongst the farming community. Therefore, dairy farmers are asked to answer two simple questions:

  • Do you support financial investment in the generic protection and promotion of all dairy products and the education of consumers with professionally-researched activity such as promotion, marketing or sponsorship?
  • If the answer is yes, how do you think such industry-wide activity could be funded?

Mr Edwards added: "The Farmers' Forum hopes that as many dairy farmers as possible will send their views to get the best possible picture of what they are thinking. It is an important debate and this is an opportunity for dairy farmers to make their voices heard."

To respond, dairy farmers should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ideally by the end of July. All replies will be treated in confidence and only aggregate information will be published.

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06
July
2015

Dairy Industry Makes Significant Strides in Water Efficiency

UK dairy companies are at the forefront of the food and drink industry's efforts to improve water efficiency, according to a progress report published today.

The Food and Drink Manufacturing Water Use Report demonstrates that there have been marked gains in water efficiency across the industry. Dairy companies featured in the report have reduced their water intensity – the amount of water used to produce a tonne of product – by 13% over the last seven years, accounting for a reduction of 0.2m3 per tonne of product.

These water savings at dairy processing sites have been made through more efficient cleaning in place systems, identifying water 'hotspots' and taking preventative action, increasing staff awareness and innovative water treatment technologies such as reverse osmosis which allows sites to recycle waste water to reuse in the manufacturing process.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "This is a significant achievement for dairy companies given that production for these sites increased by 15% over the same reporting period. This progress demonstrates the dairy industry's continuing commitment to reducing its water consumption and builds upon and complements the water reduction targets already set by the industry's own Dairy Roadmap."

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