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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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