Dairy UK has published a new export strategy to help the dairy industry unlock a 'new world of opportunity' on international markets.
The strategy, entitled United Kingdom: Exporting Dairy to the World, identifies a raft of actions and recommendations that will enhance the UK dairy industry's export performance.
Launching the report today Dr David Dobbin, Chairman of Dairy UK, said: "We have an outstanding British industry producing world-class products and the people in our industry have the ambition and the determination to succeed. To achieve enduring success, we must seize all the opportunities that lie ahead."
The export strategy's 17 actions and recommendations include:
Farming Minister George Eustice said: "UK food has an excellent reputation the world over and with a growing global demand for dairy, British producers should take the opportunity to promote their high quality produce at home and abroad.
"Exports are a crucial part of growing and strengthening the dairy industry and a key part of our plan is to see new markets opened, so that the sector can become more resilient, competitive and profitable.
"We welcome Dairy UK's ambition to enhance the UK dairy industry's export performance and we look forward to working closely with them to achieve this."
Dr Dobbin added: "This new strategy identifies a comprehensive list of steps that can be taken to effect real change in growth and competitiveness in the international market place. Among the key measures is the need for the UK dairy industry to have effective and fit-for-purpose certification and approval mechanisms in place.
"Our new export strategy will help steer our industry in the right direction and our efforts will need strong support from Government and its agencies to address trade barriers and unlock new opportunities."
Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, added: "Other dairy exporting countries have followed successful paths and set interesting examples in terms of industry-government cooperation to foster growth and develop exports. We can learn from these experiences and ensure that the UK has efficient and cost-effective systems that support export growth while preserving consumer confidence in the safety and quality of UK dairy products."
"We have already increased our share of global trade in recent years but there is scope to do much more. To meet our goals, we need to take stock of and showcase how well the UK dairy industry is doing in terms of innovation and promotion, skilling our industry for the future, food safety and environmental credentials. Getting all of these elements right is essential in a highly competitive export market."
The report is available here.