24
June
2015

Future Is Bright for UK Dairy Industry - Dairy UK Annual Dinner

The dairy industry must retain its confidence and take advantage of future opportunities to grow, said Dairy UK Chairman Billy Keane today.

Addressing political and industry leaders at the Dairy UK Annual Dinner in London, Mr Keane said: "We are all acutely aware that the last twelve months have brought their share of uncertainty. However, we must be confident in the long-term future of our dairy industry.
"We know that the fundamentals of the market are right and that our industry has unique prospects and a bright future ahead. We embrace the challenges wholeheartedly and I have every confidence that we will be able to seize opportunities to further the interests of our great industry. Now is our chance to get in the game and become the global player we're expected to be."

Mr Keane also highlighted a number of achievements in the UK dairy industry this year:

  • Capital expenditure by Dairy UK members reached almost £1.3bn within the last decade, showing the dedication and drive of dairy companies to develop a successful and strong dairy industry in the UK;
  • The industry led the way in terms of environmental stewardship and achieved a 15% improvement in energy efficiency since 2008, surpassing official targets five years ahead of schedule;
  • Striving to get ahead of the game, the industry developed new tools to guarantee the highest and most robust standards of food safety;
  • Dairy UK engaged in a series of proactive partnerships which have been important in launching initiatives such as the Johne's Plan and to further research and promote milk and dairy;
  • The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group gave the industry a platform to communicate more effectively with Government and parliamentarians, addressing common misconceptions about dairy.

Guest of Honour, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Lockwood Smith, said: "One of the most fundamental lessons the New Zealand industry has learned over the last 40 years is that an outward focus and market diversification are critical to success in a volatile world.

"Global dairy demand is set to rise dramatically in the coming years, bringing new opportunities for dairy producers and processors to work together. In fact, the changing nature of the value chains means that synergies available from joint investment strategies will lead to far greater success than going it alone."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said: "One of our key priorities remains creating an environment in which our dynamic dairy industry can thrive and ensuring there is ample recognition for how good our products taste, how safe they are and how they make a difference to the nation's diet.

"We want to bring public health and the role of dairy right back to the top of the agenda and address how dietary policies, whether developed in the UK or in Brussels, affect the dairy industry and the consumer. In the next few weeks every MP, MSP, AM and MEP will receive a copy of our latest report which will deliver the facts on dairy and health to their doorsteps."

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17
June
2015

Dairy UK Announces New Biodiversity Commitment for Processors

British dairy processors have pledged to enhance biodiversity on processing sites, marking a significant step in their efforts to ensure the sustainability of the dairy supply chain.

Biodiversity is a significant issue for all manufacturing industries and the Dairy Roadmap, a collaborative mechanism to address environmental issues in the sector, offers a framework to drive sustainability across the length of the dairy supply chain.

Although the potential to enhance biodiversity is most likely to occur at farm level, the Dairy Roadmap recognises that processors can play a significant part in biodiversity through the management of their sites. Dairy UK has developed a biodiversity commitment for processors, which includes:

  • Developing and implementing appropriate measures on site to enhance biodiversity, such as allowing natural regeneration, nestling facilities for birds, removing invasive plant species and planting native plant species;
  • Engaging in biodiversity projects in the local community, working with local conservation groups or schools;
  • Recognising the activities on site that may have an indirect impact on biodiversity and therefore it is important to moderate these impacts where possible.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The dairy processing industry recognises the importance of preserving the natural environment and is dedicated to taking steps towards enhancing biodiversity in its own way.

"There is no end point when it comes to sustainability. It is important to reflect on our achievements so far and to become more environmentally sustainable through best practices and new commitments."

The full Biodiversity Commitment is available here.

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01
June
2015

Milk Lovers Celebrate Milk on World Milk Day

Milk lovers all over the world will be celebrating the benefits of milk on World Milk Day, taking place on 1st June 2015.

This year Dairy UK would like to highlight how this natural great tasting food contributes significantly to the world’s economy and plays an important nutritional role for all ages.

The world loves milk.
Every day billions of people around the world consume milk and dairy foods. As well as providing them with great nutrition dairy present livelihood opportunities for all stakeholders in the dairy value chain.

Milk is a force of nature for our nation’s children.
From toddlers to teens, milk and dairy foods made from milk help provide growing children with a wide range of nutrients needed for growth and development.

Milk is the body’s friend after exercise.
Milk contains proteins and carbohydrates which studies show are particularly important for those engaged in all levels of sport and physical activity and help with muscle recovery after exercise. Studies also show that milk helps with rehydration after sport. This is because when we sweat we lose mineral salts like sodium and potassium also known as electrolytes which are essential for the normal function of cells. Milk naturally contains these mineral salts and has a high water content so why not try some milk after exercise.

Milk a tasty source of protein.
Everyone knows milk contains calcium, a mineral which is important for bones but milk is also a source of good quality protein which is important for muscles. As we get older we start to lose muscle. Studies show that increasing protein intake in conjunction with resistance exercise can protect against muscle wasting as we get older.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “FAO figures show that approximately 150 million households around the globe are involved in dairy production. So this World Milk Day let’s remember that milk is truly a product to be proud of. As we pour milk on our cereals, into our teas or coffees or just enjoy a refreshing glass on its own, we should remember that it provides us with so many of the nutrients we need each day. Let’s celebrate the fact that milk and dairy products are fundamental foods in the diet and provide affordable nutrition to all ages.

“The British public’s love for milk and its significant nutritional benefits is as strong as ever and there is a growing demand for dairy around the world. On World Milk Day more than 30 countries will be celebrating the nutritional and economic benefits that milk has to offer – let’s join them in spreading the word.”

Since 2001, when the first World Milk Day was proposed by FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations), June 1st has become the day which all aspects of milk are celebrated worldwide.

Will you be celebrating World Milk Day? Tweet us using the hashtag #DairyMakesADifference.

 

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20
May
2015

Dairy UK Calls for Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling

Commenting on the European Commission report on Country of Origin Labelling published today, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

“We are disappointed to see that the Commission report found that voluntary Country of Origin Labelling may be a more suitable option for dairy products than a mandatory system.

“There is obvious consumer demand for clearer information on the country of origin of food products as illustrated by the existing rules for fresh meat within the Food Information to Consumers Regulation. Therefore, it makes sense to take the next step and introduce these requirements for milk and milk used as an ingredient in dairy products.

“A mandatory labelling system would help the UK dairy industry showcase its products and reassure consumers on their provenance. Our milk, our cheeses, our yogurts and all our great British dairy products are a staple of the UK diet and we should be proud of what we produce.

“Country of Origin Labelling should be more than just an option but a strong recognition of the British dairy industry’s hard work to deliver nutritious and wholesome products to consumers.

Dairy UK has called for mandatory Country of Origin Labelling for many years, with the support of Defra and the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group, and will keep a close eye on further developments.

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01
May
2015

Dairy Industry Shows Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency

The British dairy industry has made significant progress in reducing energy consumption in dairy production through energy saving measures.

Data collected by Dairy Energy Savings (DES), which runs the dairy sector’s Climate Change Agreement scheme (CCA), shows that since 2008 the dairy industry has achieved a 15% improvement in its energy efficiency. This means that dairy processors have already surpassed the 2020 CCA target of a 13.6% improvement in energy efficiency, as well as reaching the 2020 Dairy Roadmap target of 15%.

The dairy industry takes a proactive approach to energy efficiency and the improvements can be attributed to moves towards more efficient equipment, technologies and product mixes, fuel switches and increased employee engagement.

Many sites have also started to map their energy use patterns to identify energy hotspots where reductions can be made. As a result, this has led to efficiency improvements in steam generation, refrigeration and compressed air. A recent study also showed that further opportunities for improvement include the reduction of Cleaning in Place (CIP) water consumption and temperature – recent trials in a number of dairies have shown promising results.

Gerry Sweeney, Chairman of Dairy Energy Savings, said: “These results tell us that the scheme continues to drive improvement in the dairy sector. The figures indicate that dairy companies are committed to their sustainability goals in a pragmatic and purposeful way.”

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “Environmental sustainability is paramount to the dairy industry and it is extremely encouraging to see such positive results. These figures clearly show that we are taking our environmental responsibilities very seriously.”

The Dairy Climate Change Agreement (CCA) represents over 80% of the British dairy industry. CCAs are voluntary agreements that allow eligible energy-intensive sectors to receive up to 90% reduction in the Climate Change Levy if they sign up to stretching energy efficiency targets agreed with government. The dairy sector’s Climate Change Agreement scheme is run by Dairy Energy Savings, a subsidiary of Dairy UK. 

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29
April
2015

Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme now Built in Red Tractor Scheme

All dairy products carrying the Red Tractor logo will now be made from milk hauled by a Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme (DTAS) certified haulier, DTAS and Red Tractor representatives said last week.

The announcement was made at the fifth annual DTAS Conference hosted by Dairy UK on 22nd April in Warwick.

DTAS Chairman Tim Hampton said: “When we set up the scheme five years ago, our target was to be recognised by Red Tractor. The DTAS standards for milk collection are the benchmark for the industry. They are written and audited by experts from the industry and draw on the expertise and commitment of industry professionals. We are proud of what we have achieved for the dairy industry and we are delighted that Red Tractor have confidence in our scheme.” 

Red Tractor Head of Assurance Anita Roberts said: “The DTAS standards complement our Red Tractor standards perfectly. DTAS standards cover traceability, food safety and environmental protection from farm to milk processor and therefore are a natural addition to our logo requirements. This development will give consumers even more reasons to look out for and trust the Red Tractor when buying dairy products.”

Red Tractor and DTAS are working together to look at the use of the Red Tractor logo on vehicles in order to communicate this great news more widely.

The Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme provides assurance for the haulage of milk and milk fractions. The scheme is administered by Dairy UK and is overseen by a Management Committee drawn from major milk purchasers in the UK, haulage operators and Red Tractor Assurance. Membership of the scheme covers an estimated 80 to 90% of milk haulage capacity in the UK.

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28
April
2015

Iodine Survey Does Not Reflect Recent Dairy Farming Changes

Following publication of a survey by Reading University which suggests that organic milk may contain less iodine than conventional milk, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

“As the study shows, all types of milk have numerous health benefits and milk and dairy products contribute the largest percentage of iodine to the female adult diet in the UK. With recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey data showing that a large majority of young women and pregnant women do not achieve the Recommended Nutritional Intake for iodine, it is important to keep in mind the role milk can play to achieve these targets.

“Iodine levels can vary from one type of milk to another and be influenced by seasonal variations. The fact that organic cows historically did not receive iodine in feed may explain why iodine levels have in the past been lower in organic milk. This practice however has now been changed. At the end of 2014, organic dairy producers resumed the practice of enriching feed with iodine and recent testing carried out in January 2015 on a representative number of milk samples found no significant difference in iodine levels between organic and conventional milk.

“Although this study only reflects former practices, it does highlight the crucial role milk plays in a healthy diet by providing a wide range of essential nutrients including calcium, vitamins and iodine.”

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21
April
2015

Dairy Industry Strengthens Cheese Promotion as British Cheese Board Joins Dairy UK

The dairy industry is to strengthen its promotion of cheese with new campaigns and an increased use of social media as the British Cheese Board joins Dairy UK.

Dairy UK has announced three new campaigns to be launched this year:

Cheese: Making a Difference to Summer Eating
Using the tremendous array of British cheeses in fresh salads, the campaign which starts in June will provide consumers with advice on the best ‘salad cheeses’ in terms of versatility, taste and flavour.

Cheese: Making a Difference to Children’s Lunchboxes
The campaign, which is expected to run throughout September, will promote fun ideas on how to incorporate British cheese into a healthy lunchbox as well as will provide nutritional information.

Cheese: Making a Difference to Festive Food
In the run-up to the festive period, this campaign will focus on quirky recipes and family traditions, using social media to highlight the nation’s favourite ways to eat cheese at Christmas.

The campaigns will be run by the British Cheese Board under the banner of Cheese Makes a Difference – a reflection of the industry’s overarching Dairy Makes a Difference initiative.

The British Cheese Board has become part of Dairy UK’s corporate structure to enable the industry to strengthen the promotion of cheese products, marrying the BCB’s promotional expertise with Dairy UK’s lobbying, technical and nutritional knowledge. The BCB will retain its individual brand identity.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “We are delighted to see an unswerving commitment across the industry to maximise the promotion of British cheese, a much loved and versatile staple of the nation’s diet.

“We have a great story to tell in the UK about British cheeses and no effort will be spared in telling that story. In addition to conventional media, we will be revamping the BCB’s social media channels and using these to maximum effect to run the new campaigns outlined today.

“Over the years the BCB has done a tremendous job in highlighting the benefits of our great British cheeses. Its incorporation within Dairy UK shows the industry’s commitment to intensifying our communications on the tremendous, versatility, taste, and underlying nutritional value of British cheese. We are proud of the diversity of cheese available in this country and of our cheese makers who marry innovation with tradition to produce the world’s finest cheeses. We look forward to continuing to promote and protect British cheese.”

 

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21
April
2015

Register now for the EDA Annual Congress!

Dairy UK, the European Dairy Association and Assifonte 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 challenges around marketing health.

The British dairy industry is a vibrant sector with high levels of investment, growing exports and a key role to play in the global market. With milk and dairy present in 98% of British households, the industry is committed to delivering wholesome and nutritious products to consumers at home and abroad. 

2015 brings fundamental changes in European dairy as the end of the milk quota regime opens up new challenges and opportunities for the industry. Join the European and global ‘lactosphère’ to discuss a new start for European dairy and what the future holds for our sector. To register, visit the Congress website at www.eda2015.eu

For more information on the programme, visit www.eda2015.eu/about

For more information on accommodation, venues and travel option, visit www.eda2015.eu/information

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!


 
 

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31
March
2015

Dairy UK Welcomes End of EU Milk Quotas

Commenting on the end of the European milk quotas, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said:

“The end of the quota system is a landmark in the history of the European dairy industry. It is another step towards the ongoing development of a market-led, globally competitive European dairy sector that will be able to fully exploit a growing demand for dairy products worldwide. The dairy industry’s future prospects are real and exciting and we strongly believe that strengthening a market-oriented industry will benefit the whole dairy supply chain.

“Although quotas may have been considered as an appropriate response at the time of their introduction, they also held back the development of a truly efficient and competitive European dairy industry over the last thirty years. However, it is now time for the European industry to play a greater role in the global market.

“We are keenly aware that with a free market comes greater volatility, and therefore the dairy industry must work hand-in-hand to mitigate the effects of volatility. The UK industry has been gearing up for this new era and is getting ready to face new challenges.

“We have much to be proud of in the dairy industry and we will keep working with our industry partners, government and parliamentarians to ensure a sustainable future for British dairy in this new era.”

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31
March
2015

Dairy Industry Launches 'Action Johne's Initiative'

The dairy industry is joining forces to launch its Action Johne’s Initiative, which will help manage and reduce the incidence of Johne’s disease in dairy cattle

The Initiative, developed by the Action Group on Johne’s, aims at engaging 80% of dairy farmers in Great Britain in credible and robust Johne’s management activities by October 2016.

The Initiative will implement the requirements of the National Johne’s Management Plan, and will be delivered by the newly established Action Johne’s Delivery Team, a consortium of SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and RAFT Solutions Ltd., jointly funded by DairyCo and milk purchasers.

Lyndon Edwards, Chairman of the Action Group on Johne’s and of the Dairy UK Farmers Forum, said: “The industry-wide consultation of the draft project made it clear that the dairy industry wants to work together to tackle this disease. International experience has shown that if a rigorous control program is instituted and applied robustly, Johne’s disease can be brought under control. This is confirmed by my own personal experience as a dairy farmer who has been successfully managing the disease on my farm for seven years. I’m pleased that all major stakeholders have come together to support this initiative which should deliver lasting benefits to the industry.”

Derek Armstrong, DairyCo programme manager for endemic diseases, said: “We are funding the Action Johne’s Initiative because we are confident it will generate significant commercial gains to dairy farmers through healthier and more productive animals. Johne’s has a major impact on industry profitability but can be managed in a cost effective manner. The initiative will also demonstrate the industry’s commitment to improving standards of animal welfare.”

Rob Harrison, NFU Dairy Board Chairman, said: “It is vitally important that as an industry, we manage Johne’s disease if we are to remain competitive and have a sustainable future for the dairy sector. There are huge potential cost benefits to be had by getting on top of this disease and we welcome the introduction of this initiative.”  

Dr Hazel Wright, FUW Senior Policy Officer, said: “The Union recognises the importance of tackling this costly disease and has engaged in the development of this initiative in order to give voice to the perspectives and needs of farmers in Wales.  The Union will continue to remain involved in order to ensure that the maximum benefits of this valuable initiative are provided to Wales.”

NFU Scotland’s Animal Health and Welfare Policy Manager, Penny Johnston said: “While Johne’s is a difficult disease to tackle, this unified approach across the dairy sector is welcome and provides an excellent platform to make serious inroads into its incidence. At farm level, we need to lift the stigma attached to infection and offer support and advice to any affected producers so they have a clear route to removing the disease from their stock.”

Speaking about the requirements of Action Johne’s Initiative, Mr Edwards added: “What we are asking of farmers in phase 1 is initially very modest. We just want them to assess the risks of entry, presence and spread of MAP infection in their herd and determine their Johne’s risk and status by March 2016. By October 2016 we want them to have implemented in consultation with their vet one of the six control strategies developed by the Action Group on Johne’s. We’ll then review the plan and determine how it should be taken forward in phase 2.

“The initiative is a cross industry collaborative exercise that requires the support and engagement of all stakeholders in the journey we are about to embark upon and I thank them all for their support.”

Sophie Throup of RAFT Solutions, who will co-ordinate the delivery team and work alongside SAC Consulting, said: “Our job will be to help educate farmers about the disease and the feasibility of its control; ensure consistent, coherent and technically sound advice is available to vets, farmers and farm advisors, and build the foundations for a more coherent approach in dealing with Johne’s. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the industry and getting involved”

 

Action Group on Johne’s
The Action Johne’s Initiative has been developed by the Action Group on Johne’s, which is an open forum for industry stakeholders interested in tackling Johne’s. The Action Group on Johne’s is chaired by Lyndon Edwards, a dairy farmer from Gloucester, who is also a Director of OMSCo and Chairman of Dairy UK’s Farmers’ Forum. The secretariat support to the Action Group on Johne’s is provided by Dairy UK. More information at www.actionjohnesuk.org.

National Johne’s Management Plan
The Action Johne’s Initiative constitutes the active implementation of the requirements of the National Johne’s Management Plan, which was developed by the Action Group on Johne’s, unveiled in November 2014 for industry consultation which closed in February 2015.

Delivery of Action Johne’s
Funding for the Action Johne’s Initiative will be provided by DairyCo and matched in total by an equal contribution from individual milk purchasers, both co-op and private. The Action Johne’s Delivery Team consists of a consortium of SAC Consulting and RAFT Solutions Ltd and XLVets. The team were appointed through their experience in delivering the Paraban project, recent Defra RDPE Johne’s training, in put to the UK Cattle Expert Group and the expertise of George Gunn, George Caldow, Colin Mason, David Black, Johnathan Statham and Alastair Hayton, all of whom will be involved in the project.

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26
March
2015

Dairy UK Welcomes New Report on the Impact of Physical Activity and Diet on Health

Dairy UK has welcomed the publication of the Impact of Physical Activity and Diet on Health report by the Health Select Committee and said it hoped it would provide further impetus to Government on the need to raise awareness on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The issue of obesity is of crucial importance in the UK, with two thirds of the adult population overweight or obese, and must be addressed through preventative measures, including the improvement of the communications around healthy eating and lifestyle. The report reflects many of the points made by Dairy UK in the past years and it is encouraging to see that politicians are recognising that the impact of diet and physical activity on health is complex and multi-faceted.

“A healthy and balanced diet is essential in reducing the risk of obesity and disease. Making simple alterations to our diet and lifestyle can impact greatly on our bodies and our long term health. It is known that adding even small amounts of dairy foods to the diet can improve overall diet quality.”

“In our submission to the Committee, we highlighted that milk can play a key role as a healthy choice pre- and post-exercise as it contains nutrients that are essential to people of all ages, and are particularly important for those engaged in all levels of sport and physical activity.”

“Although there are no health claims on the EU register for milk and sport, it must be recognised that there is a significant body of scientific evidence which shows that milk can help with rehydration, protein synthesis and muscle mass increase. There is a move worldwide to ensure that diets are based on foods that are nutrient rich rather than those which provide a lot of energy but little in the way of nutrition. Milk is a naturally nutrient rich food.” 

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03
March
2015

Dairy UK and RABDF Welcome APPG Report on Sustainable Dairy Industry

Dairy UK and the RABDF welcomed a new report launched by the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which outlines recommendations to ensure a sustainable and competitive future for the British dairy industry.

Following a thorough enquiry, the Dairy APPG report entitled ‘The Sustainable Competitiveness of the British Dairy Industry’, recognises that volatility is one of the greatest challenges facing the British dairy industry today and outlines a number of steps the Government can take to support the future of the industry.

Recommendations include an immediate review of intervention prices by the European Commission, the development of futures markets and the development of export opportunities as well mandatory Country of Origin Labelling. The report also stresses the importance of addressing misconceptions around dairy and promoting the economic and nutritional benefits of dairy. 

Billy Keane, Chairman of Dairy UK, said: “Dairy UK welcomes this report which recognises some of the crucial steps that the Government need to take to support one of the UK’s most essential industries. The industry has been going through some difficult times since last summer but we are confident that things will improve over the course of the year. Collaborative work throughout the dairy supply chain will be key to ensuring a sustainable and competitive future for British dairy. 

“It is important to recognise that the industry has taken some significant strides, for instance in terms of animal health and welfare, environmental initiatives and supply chain integrity. It is also crucial that we address misconceptions about dairy, especially from a nutritional point of view and really focus on educating people about how nutrient-rich milk and dairy products are.

“A sustainable industry is one that balances a number of concerns, such as profitability, productivity and environmental issues, and therefore we hope that the findings in this report will help Parliament and Government to support the future of the British dairy industry.”

Ian Macalpine, Chairman of the RABDF, said: “We have been very encouraged by the positive responses delivered by a range of experts at our evidence sessions whilst compiling this report. While they unanimously agreed we should be aware that the current down turn in milk prices trends maybe repeated, their long term prognosis was very positive - from increasing demand for farm skills training to the growing role dairy products play as part of a healthy and balanced diet. The dairy sector is by all accounts moving in a promising direction.

“The industry has changed beyond recognition in the last two decades to one which is now in a very favourable position to face the challenges of the global market place. However as the report infers, we need the whole dairy supply chain to work together, from Government giving its support and accepting its responsibilities, to retailers offering a realistic price for milk because all evidence shows that consumers value milk and dairy produce and are subsequently prepared to pay more, which in turn will result in the necessary profitability dairy producers need for a sustainable farming business.”

The Dairy APPG, which gathers evidence from a range of experts in the field, was revived in 2014 with the intention of encouraging informed debate on the British dairy industry in Parliament, in addition to supporting the development of a sustainable and profitable dairy industry in the UK.

The report is available for download here

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10
February
2015

Dairy UK Launches General Election Manifesto to Drive Industry Interests Forward

Dairy UK has launched its Manifesto for the British dairy industry, setting out what the industry expects of the main political parties as they prepare to fight the forthcoming general election in May.

The Manifesto aims to provide the next government with a blueprint for tackling the major challenges in the dairy sector. To ensure a sustainable and competitive future for the dairy industry, the Manifesto highlights that the industry needs the Government’s support to:

  • Promote British milk and dairy as nutrient-rich foods in a haealthy and balanced diet;
  • Maintain a safe and secure dairy supply chain in the UK;
  • Guarantee an environment which facilitates growth and development in the industry.

Billy Keane, Chairman of Dairy UK, said: “Our industry is a UK success story. It employs in the region of 80,000 people and the capital investment by leading dairy companies has more than doubled over the last decade. There are, however, a number of ways in which the Government can step up support for British dairy products.

 “It is important that the Government recognises the nutritional qualities of dairy and encourages consumers to buy British. We would also like Government to consider measures aimed at easing the burden of red tape around exports, such as creating a one-stop shop for export health certification, in addition to minimising the burden of regulation through sympathetic planning laws and encouraging competitive energy costs.”

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “Dairy is vital to Britain’s economy, environment and diet and therefore it is clearly within the Government’s interest to ensure that the industry is well-supported. This Manifesto will provide the new Government with all the information it needs to make the right decisions on behalf of the dairy industry.” 

The Manifesto is available for download here. Printed copies are available upon request. 

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