Scott Mann MP Launches APPG Inquiry into Dairy Exports and Opportunities

13th June 2018, London- The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dairy, headed by Scott Mann MP have launched a new inquiry to look at the future of dairy exports.

The Dairy APPG will hear from a range of industry speakers later this month, including representatives from Defra and AHDB, who will outline current export data and take a look at what future export strategy could look like post-Brexit.

Commenting on the inquiry launch, Chair Scott Mann MP said: "I'm delighted to launch this inquiry on behalf of the Dairy APPG and understand the framework within which British dairy exports can thrive. These are exciting times but I want to know what practical and realistic help the Government can provide to help the industry post-Brexit."

Written contributions to the inquiry are welcome, and should be forwarded to the APPG secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the coming year the Dairy APPG will also look at sustainability and the dairy sector, as well as look at innovations in milk packaging.

Scott Mann MP was elected new chair of the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group at the Annual General Meeting on the 21st of February. Four Vice-Chairs were also elected as follows: Steve Double MP (St Austell and Newquay), Angela Smith MP (Penistone and Stocksbridge), Chris Davies MP (Brecon and Radnor) and David Simpson MP (Portadown).


About the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group
The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which aims to provide a forum for parliamentarians to discuss issues of interest for the dairy industry and ensure parliamentarians are fully briefed on developments in the dairy supply chain. All-Party Groups are informal, cross-party, interest groups that have no official status within Parliament and are not accorded any powers or funding by it.

Dairy UK and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers act as the APPG's secretariat. For further information, please contact Sophie Clarke or Tim Brigstocke on 0207 025 0543 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dairy UK Responds to Health and Social Care Committee Report 'Childhood Obesity: Time for Action'

London, 31st May 2018: Following the publication of recommendations from the Commons Health and Social Care Committee on the forthcoming Childhood Obesity Plan, Dairy UK has issued the following statement:

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: "We fully recognise that tackling childhood obesity is a major challenge and no effort should be spared in making progress in this area.

"Dairy UK supports the principle of what the committee is trying to achieve. However, we do not agree with the extension of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to include all milk-based drinks. This would have a detrimental impact on the marketing of high quality, safe and nutritious dairy products – products which are nutritionally beneficial to children rather than being harmful.

"Milk and dairy products are proven sources of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iodine, vitamin B12, and riboflavin as well as protein, making dairy an important part of a healthy, balanced, affordable and sustainable diet. Regrettably, because of the way the Nutrient Profiling Model has been developed dairy products end up being penalised alongside junk foods.

"Milk-based drinks should, in our view, be exempt from the recommendations made by the committee. Dairy UK will be engaging with Public Health England, the UK Government and other relevant stakeholders to explain why the new Nutrient Profile Modelling should exclude any product containing over 75% milk, cheese or yogurt, on the basis of the contributions they make to children's nutrient intakes and the benefits they provide."


UK Dairy Sector Demonstrates 10 Years of World Class Environmental Progress

London, 22nd May 2018: The UK dairy sector has made significant progress in its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, attendees at the launch of the Dairy Roadmap 10th anniversary report in the House of Commons were told today.

Speaking to Members of Parliament and leading dairy sector figures, Dairy UK Chairman Paul Vernon highlighted the outstanding progress the sector has made over the past decade. He outlined future plans to ensure that the British dairy supply chain continued to be world-leading in environmental sustainability.

Mr Vernon said: "The Dairy Roadmap is a cross-industry initiative that aims to improve the environmental sustainability of the UK dairy sector whilst ensuring its continued prosperity, and the provision of safe, nutritious and sustainable dairy produce for consumers at home and abroad."

"The 10th anniversary report highlights the vast strides that have been taken both on farms and in dairies since the Dairy Roadmap was founded. Together, the British dairy sector has reported a marked improvement in its environmental footprint, not only reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, waste, and other pollutants but also improving the efficiency with which it consumes water, energy, and other resources."

The UK is currently the 3rd largest producer of milk in the Europe and the 10th largest globally. The sector employs more than 70,000 people in the UK, represents 15% of the value of agricultural produce in the UK and accounts for an estimated £8.8 billion in sales at wholesale.

The 2018 report celebrates milestones achieved over the past decade including; a 24% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with milk production; a 24% improvement in water efficiency; an 18% improvement in energy efficiency; 85% of HDPE milk containers now recycled; and a decrease in the proportion of waste sent to landfill from 35% to only 4%.

Crucially, the Dairy Roadmap recognises that there is no endpoint to environmental sustainability. Currently chaired by Dairy UK, working alongside the National Farmers Union (NFU), and Agriculture Horticulture and Development Board (AHDB), the entire UK supply chain continues to set ambitious targets for improvement that draw from the ever-changing sustainability agenda.

The report also explores the next steps in the Dairy Roadmap's evolution to consider how it aligns with national commitments and global sustainability initiatives, such as the Dairy Sustainability Framework and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaking at the parliamentary launch, George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food said: "The dairy industry has made great strides in reducing its environmental footprint and it is great to see their ongoing progress to further increase the sustainability of this vital industry."

"As the UK's largest agricultural sector, the industry has a major role to play in delivering our ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan and I look forward to working with Dairy UK to deliver a bright future for our farmers, processors and the environment."

NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said: "This report highlights the significant environmental progress dairy farmers have made over the last decade driven in part by the ambitious and wide reaching targets set by the Roadmap. These targets include commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, water usage and waste management on farm. The achievements of the past 10 years stand testament to the hard work and commitment of our dairy farmer members to meet these environmental ambitions.

"Looking ahead, in light of our commitment to ambitious new initiatives like the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, we will continuously review future targets to ensure that the contribution of dairy farmers to the Dairy Roadmap remains ambitious and relevant to the range of sustainability challenges ahead."

Gwyn Jones, AHDB Dairy Chairman said: "It's fantastic to see the progress dairy farmers are making on the targets, which is a reflection of their hard work and determination. AHDB is supporting them by funding the development and delivery of practical tools to improve environmental impact on farm."


Notes to Editors
Please find a copy of the Dairy Roadmap 10th Anniversary Report here.

About Dairy UK
Dairy UK is a trade association that represents the interests of producer co-ops, milk processors, dairy farmers and bottle milk buyers. For more information, visit www.dairyUK.org.

About The NFU
The NFU is the voice of British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members.

About AHDB
AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance.

Established in 2008 and classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. AHDB's remit covers 72 per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be found at www.ahdb.org.uk.


Dairy UK Response to Eating Better Report: Principles for Eating Meat and Dairy More Sustainably

Dairy UK has today said the environmental and nutritional contribution of the dairy sector has been wilfully misrepresented following the publication of a report urging reduced consumption of dairy products.

Commenting on the publication of Eating Better's 'Principles for eating meat and dairy more sustainably', Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said: "We totally reject any assertion that dairy products are not environmentally sustainable. The dairy sector helps to feed the UK with efficient, predominantly grass-based milk production, high animal welfare standards, safe and nutritious foods."

"We contribute to food security, look after the land, provide livelihoods and contribute greatly to the national economy. Consumers can keep dairy in their diets in the full knowledge that we take our environmental credentials very seriously as we strive to provide them with the tasty nutritious foods they know and love."

"This report too often criticises UK dairy from a global perspective and cherry picks statistics which paint a false picture of the UK industry. Advising consumers to cut their dairy intake is wrong and unhelpful in helping the nation meet its nutritional requirements. The authors are also behind the times on global dairy, which is making strides forward on the environmental front and has even signed a Declaration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation."

"Despite the fact that we have a lot to talk about by way of our existing environmental credentials, the UK dairy industry is committed to improving its environmental performance through the Dairy Roadmap, setting challenging targets for reducing the sector's environmental footprint."

Addressing the report's eight principal points individually, Dr Bryans commented:

On choosing better for the climate:
"Milk production only accounts for 2.8% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions. The sector is fully committed to reducing its environmental footprint and has achieved a 24% decline in UK dairy greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2015."

On choosing better for animals:
"95% of UK milk production is Red Tractor Assured, which ensures that dairy products meet a comprehensive list of standards covering animal welfare, traceability and environmental protection, from farm to fork."

On choosing better for nature:
"The overwhelming majority of the UK dairy sector is grass and pasture fed. The proportion of soy in dairy cow feed is small at around 8-15%, compared to the 40% average for UK livestock. Farmers have long been careful stewards of the land, and Dairy UK has developed a Biodiversity Strategy outlining actions that dairy processors can take to enhance and promote local biodiversity.

On choosing better for feeding the world fairly:
"The UK dairy sector's sustainable products play a key role in providing nutritious and sustainable produce to consumers around the world. In signing the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, the UK dairy sector has recognised its global responsibilities in addressing sustainable development, with milk production supporting female empowerment internationally, promoting enhanced animal stewardship and ensuring food security."

On choosing better for health:
"Dairy products are nutrient-rich foods and excellent sources of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B12 and iodine and form part of a healthy balanced diet, which this report fails to recognise."

On choosing better for responsible antibiotic use:
"Antibiotics are not used as a growth promoter in UK dairy, and the report fails to acknowledge that antibiotic use in UK farm animals is significantly lower than the EU average – by some 60%."

On choose better for cutting waste:
"Through the Dairy Roadmap the UK dairy sector has committed to the Courtauld Commitment 2025, a WRAP-led initiative aiming to cut the waste associated with food and drink by 20% between 2015 and 2025."

On choosing better for livelihoods:
"Dairy processors and farms form an integral part of local and rural economies."


Dairy UK Responds To Defra Announcement of Consultation on the Future of Food, Farming and the Environment

London, 27th February 2018: Dairy UK has today issued the following comment in response to the announcement from Defra of a wide-ranging consultation on the future of the food and farming: 'Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit':

Dairy UK has long advocated that the seismic shift Brexit will create will bring with it opportunities we should be prepared to take advantage of. Any new agricultural policy that incentivises farmers for improving animal welfare, environmental standards and that promotes efficiency is for us, a positive step towards the successful dairy industry of the future.

However the Government must ensure that following this consultation, urgent questions on the future of farming are addressed. We broadly support the move to phase out the direct payments, so long as assurances are given that these funds be ring-fenced for the purpose of agriculture and invested to improve and maintain the competitiveness of UK dairy farms against their European neighbours.

As an industry we need clarity from the Government on how the policies of the devolved administrations will work alongside each other, to ensure a common framework that does not distort domestic trade. We're happy to see that the consultation recognises the importance of dealing with the border issues between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We look forward to contributing to this consultation and working with Defra, and to shaping the future of farming post-Brexit.


Dairy UK Responds to Defra's Annoucement of Measures to Help Farmers

Dairy UK has today issued the following comment in response to the announcement from Defra today on a collaboration fund and other measures for dairy farmers:

On the decision against extending the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator:

We welcome the announcement thatthere will be an examination of extending the remit of the GCA to additional retailers. The GCA has been successful in addressing many aspects of the buying culture. The food supply chain would benefit from extending the scope of the GCA to smaller retailers and the food service sector.

We are pleased that the Government has decided not to extend the remit of the GCA down the supply chain. Dairy UK has long pointed out that doing so would be impractical in terms of implementation, lack an available funding model and seriously detract from successfully focusing on the relations between suppliers and retailers.

On the announcement of a £10 million collaboration fund:

We alsowelcome the announcement today of the collaboration fund of 10 million to support farmers and small producers. Dairy UK is supportive of any initiative which promotes collaboration between dairy farmers and the wider chain, in a way that is easily accessible for dairy farmers. 

On Milk contracts:

Any legislation created now relating to milk contracts will have to meet the requirements of the EU dairy package. This package is incompatible with the needs of the UK dairy industry, especially given the volatile market in which it now operates.

As a part of agricultural policy, legislating on milk contracts is also a devolved matter. There is therefore a risk of creating competitive distortions within the UK milk market.

We would hope that after consultation that any proposed legislative action that was to be taken by Defra on contracts would be delayed until after our exit from the EU, in order that solutions could be tailored to the needs of the UK dairy industry, especially since it will face an even more competitive and uncertain environment post-Brexit.

On price transparency:

This is an area which Dairy UK is already looking at and look forward to the opportunity to provide input into any relevant consultations on the subject of price transparency. We await further information from Government on the scope of the initiatives it is planning.  


Dairy UK joins call on government to ensure successful brexit for the food sector

London, 12th February 2018: Dairy UK joins with farmers and the wider food supply chain to set out the terms of a successful Brexit

Dairy UK has co-signed a joint-industry letter detailing what a successful Brexit means to the food sector.

The thirty-six organisations, including Dairy UK have called on the Government to:
• to maintain free and frictionless trade with our major trading partner, the EU, and secure the benefits of existing EU preferential trade arrangements, at least until government can replace them with acceptable alternative arrangements;

• to ensure ongoing access to an adequate supply of permanent and seasonal labour;

• to continue to promote food production through agricultural policy alongside our existing high environmental, health and animal welfare standards, and;

• to ensure businesses operate under an efficient and proportionate regulatory system that is centred on scientific evaluation and that incentivises innovation and competitiveness.

Commenting, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said: "At this time of uncertainty I'm pleased that through the NFU the food supply chain has come together to clearly communicate the needs of the sector to thrive in a post-Brexit environment.

"Protecting the interests of the food supply chain is not only important for the UK economy, but also for protecting food security of the nation. We hope the UK Government will heed these objectives and support the food sector throughout the Brexit negotiations"

Read the full text of the letter below:

Food is essential to us all. The UK food chain is passionate about providing a safe, affordable and secure supply of food for the country. However, Brexit presents an unprecedented challenge to the affordability, availability, and choice of food for UK consumers.

The UK's food and drink supply chain is highly diverse, supporting more than one in ten jobs and contributing £112bn to the UK economy. It stretches from the farmers who produce the raw ingredients, through the businesses that supply them with seed, feed, inputs and advice, to the industries that purchase their goods and manufacture, process and sell them on to other businesses and ultimately to consumers.

All of these businesses will be deeply affected when our membership of the European Union ceases. Many currently rely on a high proportion of non-UK permanent and seasonal labour sourced from within the EU; many are part of highly sophisticated and integrated supply chains that rely on the free flow of goods between the UK and other EU member states, free of tariffs, veterinary and customs check, and subject only to necessary phytosanitary checks; and many operate under an array of regulations and programmes derived from Brussels and applicable to all EU businesses. It is clear that the effect of the decision to leave the European Union is already being felt in the sector as uncertainty and lack of clarity impacts business confidence.

The UK food supply sector has come together to establish a common view of the objectives the UK government should pursue as it negotiates the UK's withdrawal, establishes its future relationship with the EU, and puts in place domestic policies.

We urgently call on the government:

• to maintain free and frictionless trade with our major trading partner, the EU, and secure the benefits of existing EU preferential trade arrangements, at least until government can replace them with acceptable alternative arrangements;

• to ensure ongoing access to an adequate supply of permanent and seasonal labour;

• to continue to promote food production through agricultural policy alongside our existing high environmental, health and animal welfare standards, and;

• to ensure businesses operate under an efficient and proportionate regulatory system that is centred on scientific evaluation and that incentivises innovation and competitiveness.

And sitting above all these, the government must be unqualified in its support for the UK's food supply chain and the business of food production, explicitly recognising their importance in post-Brexit Britain – in managing over 70% of the UK landmass that is farmed; in providing 3.9 million jobs in industries both pre- and post-farmgate; in contributing to two of the UK economy's big success stories: UK manufacturing and retail; and in providing a safe, secure and affordable supply of food to some of the highest health, welfare and environmental standards in the world.

We acknowledge our role in making Brexit a success – in improving productivity, competitiveness and driving growth in the economy, in creating jobs, and in achieving a more sustainable food supply system that minimises the impact our businesses have on the environment. But a Brexit that fails to champion UK food producers and the businesses that rely on them will be bad for the country's landscape, the economy and critically our society.

We call on the UK government to agree as a matter of priority on the terms of a transition deal that provides clarity, continuity and certainty for UK farms and food businesses as well as for consumers. Furthermore, we call on the government to take a constructive approach to the negotiations and to the task of establishing domestic policies in a post-Brexit Britain, working with devolved governments, the UK food and drink supply chain to ensure it champions and promotes our crucial food sector in all its many constituent parts.

Click here to see the full list of signatory organisations.


Dairy UK, The Dairy Council and AHDB Help Farmers ‘Tell it Like it is’

17th January 2018, London – Dairy UK, AHDB and The Dairy Council have launched a joint initiative to help farmers communicate the nutritional benefits of dairy to consumers.

Dairy UK chief executive Dr Judith Bryans launched collaborative industry initiative - 'Tell it Like it is' - at the Semex Conference in Glasgow.

The 'Tell it Like is' website provides dairy farmers the tools to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy to consumers of all ages via social media, along with guidance and knowledge to support them in effectively communicating their messages.

The website has a range of vlogs on nutrition and social media best practice, along with engaging and eye-catching infographics detailing the nutritional benefits of dairy products, suggested social media posts and guidance on nutritional and health claims legislation.

Dr Judith Bryans said "As a trusted source of information, dairy farmers can play an important role in communicating the nutritional benefits of dairy to the consumer. Together with AHDB and The Dairy Council, we have created this easy-to-use toolkit for farmers to call upon for resources and information, to guide and help them promote dairy easily and effectively."

Rebecca Miah, of AHDB, added "We are pleased to be collaborating with Dairy UK and The Dairy Council on this important project, many farmers put a great deal of time and energy into communicating the benefits of dairy on social media, trusted voices that are of great value to educating our consumers, and these resources will ensure this work continues and thrives".

These resources are just one of a number of dairy promotion activities from AHDB and Dairy UK. The two organisations launched a £1.2 million consumer campaign last November, and after a successful launch, will soon online videos, social media and major advertising across the country.

Visit the website now at: www.tellitlikeitis.co.uk


Dairy UK Welcomes 25 Year Plan

Dairy UK welcomes the publication of The 25 Year Environment Plan and supports the Government's aim to deliver an environmentally sustainable future. We are encouraged by the commitment to evidence-led policy in conjunction with industry, and look forward to working with the Government on the delivery of these goals.

The UK dairy sector recognises the role it plays in delivering safe, nutritious and sustainable produce. Through The Dairy Roadmap, we have continued to set targets aiming to reduce the industry's environmental footprint. Included in these targets are commitments to improve biodiversity, lower emissions and to send zero ex-factory waste to landfill by 2020. The industry has also pledged to improve the design of dairy packaging to maximise recycled content, improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste.

Our commitment to sustainability was evidenced in the results of the 2017 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report, which detailed impressive improvements made since 2008 across a wide range of environmental indicators, including a 30% shift in the destination of waste away from landfill, toward recovery and recycling. Never complacent, we remain committed to continual improvement and achieving an environmentally sustainable future for dairy.


UK Dairy Industry Surpasses Environmental Targets and Demonstrates Commitment to Continual Improvement

13th December 2017 – Recently published results from the Environment Agency in the Climate Change Agreement biennial progress report show that the dairy sector has achieved an 18.05% energy efficiency improvement since 2008.

With this improvement, the sector has already exceeded the 2020 Climate Change Agreement and Dairy Roadmap targets of 13.6% and 15% respectively.

These results are complemented by those of the 2017 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report, which details substantial environmental improvements within the UK dairy sector, including a 23% increase in water efficiency and a 30% increase in the amount of waste recovered or recycled since 2008. The Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Survey is a valuable resource to achieve these aims, and allows dairy processors to track their performance and identify areas for improvement.

The main findings of the 2017 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report are;

• 18% increase in primary energy efficiency (kWh/tonne);
• 23% increase in water efficiency (m3/tonne);
• 17.5% increase in raw effluent efficiency (m3/tonne);
• 56% decrease in COD per m3 raw effluent;
• A 30% shift in the destination of waste away from landfill and towards recovery or recycling.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK commented on the results, saying: "These are incredibly positive results which demonstrate the effective steps taken by the UK dairy industry to reduce its environmental footprint and meet the targets of The Dairy Roadmap."

Through The Dairy Roadmap the UK dairy sector has demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability, whilst ensuring the continued prosperity of the industry, and also the continued provision of safe, nutritious and sustainable produce for years to come."


Dairy UK Welcomes Brexit Progress and Calls for Clarity on Trade

London, 8th December 2017: Dairy UK today welcomed the announcement today of progress made between the UK Government and European Union on Brexit negotiations.

Dairy UK said it looked forward to the start of trade discussions which will be crucial in ensuring that the UK dairy industry can thrive in a post-Brexit era.

Dairy UK said the joint agreement on the rights of EU and UK citizens residing in the UK and in other member states and a framework for ensuring there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were 'vitally important steps in the right direction'.

Commenting on this morning's announcement, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said: "We are very pleased that progress has been made on these important issues, so that the all-important talks on trade can begin. We have continued to stress how important ensuring there remains no border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is to the dairy industry supply chain, which requires the transportation of raw milk and other products across the border without tariff or administrative barriers. We also welcome the commitment to protect the East-West border, as it is crucial there remains regulatory alignment between Northern Ireland and Great Britain so trade can continue freely within the UK. This is important for a number of reasons, including avoiding an undue burden of regulation for businesses within the UK, and because dairy and meat from NI make an important contribution to food on shelf in GB.

"The dairy industry in the UK also relies on continuous access to labour. The progress on the rights of EU citizens is very welcome but there is a great deal more work to be done in this area to ensure that our industry can move into the post-Brexit era with confidence.

"The UK dairy industry is strategically important for the nation. What we need now is greater detail and clarity on our future relationship with the EU in the transition period and beyond, so that the dairy industry has both certainty and stability in which to do business. We are ready and willing to continue providing information on Brexit and trade to Government, to ensure we achieve the optimum outcome for the dairy industry."


Dairy Committed to its Global Nutrition and Environmental Goals

Belfast, 30th October 2017: World political and agricultural leaders were told today that dairy is committed to playing a vital dual role in feeding the world with nutritious foods - and protecting the environment.

Speaking at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit in Belfast, Dr Judith Bryans, President of the IDF, said the global dairy community is one billion people strong and is currently feeding 6 billion consumers.

She said that 20 dairy producing countries are now signed up to a global initiative called the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam which makes a commitment to meeting the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

Dr Bryans said that dairy producing countries believe in creating a 'healthier planet', addressing inequality and lifting people out of poverty. "We believe in dairy. We have a strong story to tell in terms of nutrition and also the progress we are making environmentally. No sector is perfect and there is always room for improvement but we have a vision, we have our goals and we will spare no effort in achieving them."

Dr Bryans was addressing a World Leaders' Forum which included Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Dr Ren Wang assistant director general of UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation.

Mr Gove told the Summit that the UK Government is committed to supporting the dairy industry.

He said that during Brexit negotiations, the UK Government wants to ensure that supply lines are solid, no barriers to trade are erected and labour can be accessed where it is needed. "This will be at the forefront of our minds", said Mr Gove.

Commissioner Hogan said the issue of free movement of people was "a difficult issue for the UK and for the EU for different reasons, and will require negotiations." Mr Hogan told the Summit that EU agri exports continued to grow even though the sector was still adjusting to the post-quota environment. He said there is need for an ongoing commitment to sustainability 'from farm to fork'.

Dr Wang told the Summit that the commitment of the dairy sector to the UN's 2030 sustainability goals was welcome, and what is now needed is for national frameworks to be developed which set out objectives and performance indicators.


Dairy UK Sets Out ‘Game Changing’ Hopes And Fears For Industry Over Brexit

• UK dairy industry turns over £27.8 billion-a-year and supports 70,000 jobs, which should be recognised in Brexit negotiations
• Investment in UK dairy remains high despite uncertain climate
• Global demand for dairy increasing and UK consumers remain loyal

London, 25th October 2017: Dairy UK has today published the 'White Paper' report for 2017 which details the 'game changing' opportunities and challenges which the industry is facing over issues such as Brexit and consumer confidence in dairy foods.

Dairy UK have called Brexit the most defining issue the industry has faced for generations, with the White Paper 2017 identifying what Brexit needs to deliver to safeguard the future interests of an industry that employs more than 70,000 people, and has an overall turnover of nearly £28 billion.

On prospects for the industry, the White Paper reveals that an increasing demand for dairy globally is putting world milk production on an upward trend.

On the issue of Brexit, Dairy UK says;
• Continued trading agreements with the EU without tariff and non-tariff barriers will mean massive export and growth opportunities – failure will damage exports and reduce demand for dairy;
• The worst outcome from Brexit would be a return to WTO rules;
• An unhurried transition period would give the industry the chance to adapt and take advantage of the opportunities Brexit creates;
• Access to skilled and unskilled labour is vital - failure to maintain access will drive up operating costs, with a major impact on margins;
• UK dairy farmers should not be disadvantaged compared with their European neighbours;
• The Northern Ireland border issue should be resolved by creating a frictionless and seamless border regime that could be a blueprint for future arrangements with the EU.

On industry prospects, the White Paper reveals;
• Demand for dairy is growing globally;
• Milk prices are on an upward trend;
• Government is being urged by Dairy UK to work collaboratively with the industry to help exploit export opportunities around the world;
• Government is being urged to review the Eatwell Plate Guide to take account of benefits of dairy.

On consumer confidence, Dairy UK says;
• UK consumers continue to support dairy loyally, despite the arrival of plant-based alternative drinks and anti-dairy activism;
• 87% consumers are drinking cow's milk, 94% of adults buying cheese and 78% enjoying yogurt or fromage frais;
• Latest figures show continuous growth in volume and value of sales of milk, cream, cheese yogurt, butter and organic dairy products;
• The UK government should ensure that nutrient-rich dairy products remain exempt from the forthcoming Sugar Drinks Industry Levy when it is implemented next year.

Paul Vernon, Chairman of Dairy UK, said: "The White Paper demonstrates that consumer love for dairy remains very strong, and we have to ensure that we are equipped and ready to continue to help feed the nation for generations to come.

"Brexit is a monumental challenge and a game changer. If Brexit is successfully delivered there is tremendous potential in terms of exports and product development. If it is a failure, there will be far reaching consequences for dairy.

"No effort can be spared by the industry, the UK government and the EU to secure a positive outcome and we will continue to give every assistance to the government to make that happen."

"Given the increase in global demand for dairy, prospects are good. We do, however, need to seize the moment – and that will require yet more of the innovation and inspiration that have been the hallmark of our industry for generations."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, added: "The White Paper details the performance of our industry across a wide range of areas including nutrition, consumer trends, farming and milk processing, animal health and welfare and the environment.

"It shows we have a track record we can be proud of but, like any major industry, we have to maintain our deep commitment to continually improve and innovate. Ultimately, we are judged by consumers and we are very grateful for the outstanding and enduring support they give to dairy."

The full White Paper can be accessed here


The Role of Dairy in Teen Diets to be Discussed at Upcoming World Dairy Summit

Belfast, 19th October 2017: The crucial role that dairy can play in teenage diets will be a key debate at the forthcoming World Dairy Summit being held in Belfast later this month.

Around a fifth of teenage girls across the world are currently falling short on their recommended daily intake of calcium, iodine and riboflavin and dairy could help to fill the gap.

Whilst dairy consumption is generally on the rise, teenagers who turn away from dairy are not aware of the potential impact on long-term health.

Good nutrition is important for everyone but for teenagers is particularly important because the teen years are critical for the laying down of calcium in bone. Unfortunately, the diets of teenagers are not always good and this can have implications for the long term.

The topic of teenage nutrition and attitudes towards dairy consumption is something that will be discussed in greater detail at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit 2017.

Internationally- renowned speakers will share their knowledge and experience in this area. Marianne Smith Edge, Dietitian and Founder AgriNutrition Edge (formerly The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, USA) will focus on understanding Gen Z attitudes and consumption patterns as a foundation for dairy consumption and innovation. Dr Moshe Mishali, Psychologist, University of Haifa, Israel will focus on behaviour change in families around diets and milk consumption.

Dr Judith Bryans, President of the IDF and Chief Executive of Dairy UK, added: “Rapid increases in height, weight, and bone development, along with a number of other physical changes during the teenage years can have a major influence on nutritional requirements, and demand for both nutrients and energy are high. The teenage diet is a challenge faced by our industry worldwide and I look forward to welcoming our renowned speakers to Belfast and learn from their expertise in this area.”

In addition to nutrition, other topics will also be discussed during the summit, including animal health and welfare, food safety, science and technology, sustainability and farm management in the dairy sector.

The summit will be hosted by the UK National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and will take place in Belfast from 30th October to 2nd November. More information on the summit can be found here: http://idfwds2017.com/


UK Signs up to Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

The UK dairy industry today (Thursday October 19) endorsed a declaration to promote the sustainability of dairy systems worldwide.


The Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, a unique partnership between the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) signals a recognition of the dairy sector’s commitment towards feeding the world with safe, nutritious and sustainable products.


Leading UK dairy organisations endorsed the principles of the Declaration in an official signing in London.


Signing the declaration today were Dr Judith Bryans, President of the International Dairy Federation and Chief Executive of Dairy UK, Paul Vernon, Chairman of the Dairy UK, Gwyn Jones, chair of the AHDB Dairy Board and Michael Oakes, chair of the NFU Dairy Board.


The Dairy Declaration recognises the major contribution that dairy makes to countries’ economies, the essential role of dairy in a balanced diet, and the key role the industry plays in addressing environmental degradation and climate change.


Dr Judith Bryans said: “We are delighted that the UK has joined countries from across the world in demonstrating the importance of the dairy to the global community. When the UN set its Sustainable Development Goals it was clear that dairy was part of the solution in terms of ensuring delivery of a number of goals around nutrition, healthy populations, a healthy planet, and helping to lift people out of poverty.


“The world’s population is growing and dairy plays a key role in meeting their needs. To be fit for the future we must be innovative and ensure we have products that are culturally acceptable, nutritious, safe, sustainable and affordable.”


Paul Vernon, Chairman of Dairy UK, said: “We are proud that the UK as a leading dairy producing nation is endorsing the Dairy Declaration. We are an innovative industry with a deep commitment to environmental good practice and nutritional benefit. We can take pride in the fact that our nutritious products can play such an important part in meeting global sustainability and nutritional responsibilities and ambitions.”


Gwyn Jones said: “We’re proud to join with others around the world endorsing the Dairy Declaration, which recognises the major economic contribution that dairy makes to realising the sustainable development aspirations of farmers and wider communities.”


Michael Oakes said: “For the NFU the Dairy Declaration builds on the excellent work of the Sustainability Roadmap, as well as building on the social, economic and nutritional benefits of dairy, highlighting the important role it plays in rural economies around the world.”


The Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam was launched at the World Dairy Summit in 2016. In the last year 19 countries have signed up.

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