British Cheese Board | Enjoy a dram and a slice this festive season

BCBlogoCMYKWhether it's a slice of mature cheddar or a taste of Somerset brie, the British Cheese Board has the perfect guide for some winning cheese and whisky pairings to enjoy over the festive period.

With over 700 varieties of named cheeses produced in the UK, and over 2,500 brands of whisky worldwide, the tasty combinations of cheese and whisky are endless.

Cheese and whisky are the perfect pair as the high level of alcohol in whisky cuts through the fat in cheese and allows for the flavours to be released. The undertones of grass, barrel fermented notes and salt are found in both whisky and cheese and complement each other well.

To celebrate the festive season, the British Cheese Board has a wealth of suggestions for the perfect cheese and whisky pairings.

Some top cheese and whisky pairings include:

  • Cheddar with either Linkwood 14yo or Dalwhinnie 15;
  • Somerset brie with Glenmorangie Original;
  • Or creamy Lancashire with either Glen Elgin 12yo or Asyla.

Luisa Candido of the British Cheese Board, said: "We all know that cheese and wine are always an excellent match but not a lot of people know that cheese and whisky also make a perfect combination.

"Many whiskies work hand in hand with cheese and bring out an array of flavours. A small glass of water is also advised to bring out the sweetness of the whisky and enhance the taste of the cheese.

"Our guide includes suggestions for all whisky fans, from beginners to connoisseurs and confirmed risk-takers. We're looking forward to celebrating the festive season with some delicious British cheese and a tasty dram."

The British Cheese Board also has a popular beer and cheese pairings guide available from the British Cheese Board website.

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Dairy UK Update | Dairy APPG Seeking Industry Views on Skills & Labour


APPG-logo-PORTCULLISThe Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group is seeking evidence for its inquiry on skills and labour in the dairy industry.

The inquiry will focus on three chapters, namely skills in the dairy industry; the Government's role and actions; and Brexit challenges and opportunities for the dairy workforce.

Simon Hoare MP, Chair of the Dairy APPG, said: "The UK dairy industry provides a myriad of jobs from farm to fridge across the country. From farming to processing and manufacturing, from research to marketing and much more, there is something in the dairy sector for everyone.

"As the UK gets ready to write a new chapter of its history, we must help the dairy industry strengthen its position as an attractive industry, with opportunities for all to build a successful and rewarding career. Therefore, the Dairy APPG is keen to hear from dairy experts to get a better understanding of how it can support the sector going forward."

Written submissions should be sent to the Dairy APPG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd December 2016. Oral evidence sessions will be held in the new year.

The APPG is looking for evidence for the following sections:

Skills in the dairy industry

  • Skills and opportunities in dairy farming;
  • Skills and opportunities in dairy processing;
  • How to promote dairy careers;
  • Training & skills development programmes.

Government role

  • Role of the UK Government in supporting education and skills development in the dairy industry.

Brexit challenges & opportunities

  • Migrant labour in dairy farming;
  • Migrant labour in processing;
  • Access to European workforce throughout the supply chain;
  • Education exports (incoming foreign students + outgoing UK students).

Going further

  • Education: focus on consumers & the media.

Case studies / profiles

  • Dairy farmer, food scientist, vet, processing technician, etc...

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Cheese Champion Recognised by British Cheese Board Award

BCBlogoCMYKCheese expert Nigel Pooley has received The British Cheese Board (BCB) Nantwich Show Cheese Industry Award in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the UK dairy industry.

Nigel has worked in the dairy industry for 53 years, specialising in grading cheese to ensure that the product on the supermarket shelf is of the highest standard. During his career, Nigel has worked for Wkye Farms, Chewton Dairy Farms, Cricket St Thomas Estate, St Ivel and Unigate Creameries.

Although he officially retired in April this year from his role as Quality Development Manager, Nigel – affectionately known as "Nige the Nose" – is still lending his olfactory powers to family-run Somerset cheese-makers, Wyke Farms, where he has worked for almost 20 years.

Throughout his career, Nigel has graded more than 1.5 million tonnes of Cheddar and due to his unique level of expertise, Wyke Farms ensured his nose was insured for £5 million.

The award was presented on Tuesday afternoon by celebrity chef Sean Wilson at the Nantwich Cheese Show, the largest international cheese show in the world.

CMADlogoAward-winner, Nigel Pooley, said: "Cheese has been my lifelong passion and it is an absolute honour, and complete surprise, to receive this year's Cheese Industry Award. The UK produces some of the finest cheeses in the world and I am incredibly proud to be a part of our great smelling industry."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Over the course of a five-decade long career, Nigel has been a passionate champion of British cheese. He has done, and continues to do, a tremendous job in ensuring the cheese we eat is of the best possible quality. He is widely recognised throughout the industry and many have gained from his insight and expertise."

Bruce Macdonald, Chairman of the International Cheese Awards, added: "Nigel can only be described as one of the UK's biggest cheese enthusiasts. Throughout his career, Nigel has held a number of esteemed positions and it is great to see him recognised for his lifetime commitment to British cheese. Nigel is one of the best known and admired people in our industry, and is thoroughly deserving of this recognition."

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May Government: What's Next for Dairy?

The last three weeks have been akin to a wild rollercoaster ride for UK policymakers, with the unforeseen result of the EU referendum followed by a string of unexpected developments within both the Conservative and the Labour parties. As Prime Minister Theresa May puts the final touches to her new Government, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans takes a look at top issues for the UK dairy industry.

 Focus on dairy trade

With exports high on the agenda, establishing close collaborations with the new Brexit Secretary and International Trade Secretary will be a top priority. Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Fox said the UK had "tremendous opportunities to increase [its] global profile and we should be extraordinarily optimistic and confident about the future."

With considerable uncertainty and challenges in the wake of the referendum and a brand new Government, many are anxious to find out more about Mr Davis's plans for the Brexit negotiations. In an interview with ConservativeHome on Monday, Mr Davis said he was optimistic about the UK's future post-Brexit and believed the UK would remain in the Single Market.shutterstock 247955950 small

"The ideal outcome (and in my view the most likely, after a lot of wrangling) is continued tariff-free access," he said. "Once the European nations realise that we are not going to budge on control of our borders, they will want to talk, in their own interest. There may be some complexities about rules of origin and narrowly-based regulatory compliance for exports into the EU, but that is all manageable."

He also pointed out that should the EU refuse to budge on Single Market access, the UK could support its industry by using income from tariffs on EU imports.

Saying triggering Article 50 should be delayed until the end of 2016 after in-depth consultation with devolved Governments and other stakeholders including trade bodies, he added trade deal negotiations with major partners such as the US or China should start right away, with the aim of concluding them within two years, maybe even before negotiations with the EU are complete. "It should be clear from all this that Brexit favours an export-based growth strategy, and that should be what we embrace," he said.

Dr Bryans made it clear that trade was a core element of the industry's future. "The UK dairy industry has tremendous potential for growth on the global stage," she said, "and the Government must provide the right framework to help make our sector more resilient, competitive and profitable.

"With so many opportunities for new markets arising across the world, the Government must act swiftly to conclude free-trade agreements with major partners lest we get left out of the global game. And it goes without saying that we must have continued access to the EU market, our main trading partner. We will need robust trade agreements which remove tariff and non-tariff barriers to allow us to take our place in the global market and be a strong and credible competitor."

A level playing field for food and farming

The dairy industry will expect newly appointed Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to work around the clock to protect the interests of the food and farming sector, both at domestic level and within the scope of the Brexit negotiations.

The broad outlines of the Conservative Party's policy on agriculture have been relatively constant over the past few years favouring greater market orientation and a reduction in subsidies and market support; linking the provision of support to the provision of public goods by farmers; and a science based approach to the approval of new technologies.

However, in the absence of the framework provided by the CAP, the UK Government will have to determine the amount of resources to be allocated to food and farming as well as whether to continue or phase out income payments, and if the latter, over what timescale.

"With volatility now an inherent part of the market, the dairy industry must focus on being more competitive and finding the right tools to manage the impact of volatility", Dr Bryans explained. "It will be essential for Andrea Leadsom to keep working closely with the industry to help drive it forward and build an environment which facilitates growth and development and reduces the burden of regulation.

"The dairy industry has serious challenges ahead but also many opportunities and we ask Mrs Leadsom and her team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for our industry throughout the Brexit negotiations. There is much at stake and we count on Defra's support to foster growth and success in our great UK dairy industry."

Given the tremendous impact of the European Union on food and drink legislation, the new Government will also have to provide a level playing field with fair regulations on par with competitors abroad.

Putting dairy foods front and centre

Relationships between the dairy industry and the Department of Health and its agencies have been fraught with tension over the last three years, with several campaigns circulating negative messages about dairy products. The recent Eatwell Guide debacle coupled with the misleading Sugar App added fuel to the fire and generated significant anger, especially at a time when Defra and other Government agencies called for industry growth and development.shutterstock 274846961 small

Nevertheless, as Jeremy Hunt stays at the helm of Richmond House, the dairy industry is hoping for a fresh start and renewed discussions on the role of dairy in public health.

Dr Bryans reiterated the industry's commitment to driving home the health messages. "Everything we do, every day, is underpinned by the simple message that dairy products have a crucial role to play as part of a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle," she pointed out. "We say it, Defra and the Dairy APPG say it, and an ever growing list of countries and members of the scientific community say it. Yet in the UK, we have had to fight our own health authorities almost daily as they ignore the science highlighting the benefits of dairy.

"We sincerely hope that the momentous changes in the UK's political life can be an opportunity to start afresh and build constructive exchanges with the Department of Health to put dairy foods front and centre in the public health debate."

A skilled workforce for dairy

So far, the Government has declined to address directly the question of EU workers living in the UK.
Dairy UK is surveying members to get a clear picture of the proportion and the role of the European workforce in dairy processing and manufacturing. "The UK dairy industry from farm to fridge benefits from the free movement of non-UK born EU labour," said Dr Bryans. "Access to a skilled workforce is crucial for our industry to remain competitive and must be a top priority in any Brexit negotiations."

Bright future for dairy

Dr Bryans concluded by saying that regardless of the political context, the industry's main duty was to consumers. "The UK dairy industry is adaptable, resilient and determined," she said, "with the skills and innovation to rise to the many challenges we encounter. We operate in a global dairy marketplace and we will keep showing our unwavering commitment to give the public nothing but the best of UK dairy. We will continue to liaise with the UK Government, devolved administrations and all relevant organisations to promote the interests of the UK dairy sector and help to steer our industry in the right direction."

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Dairy UK Statement on New Government Posts

Welcoming the new cabinet and ministerial posts announced by Prime Minister Theresa May today, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

"We congratulate Mrs May on her appointment as Prime Minister and we ask her to help us shape a better future for the dairy industry by securing robust trade deals, implementing fair food and drink legislation on par with our competitors and supporting industry competitiveness with easy access to a skilled workforce.

"The UK dairy industry has tremendous potential for growth in the global stage and the Government must provide the right framework to help make our sector more resilient, competitive and profitable. With so many opportunities for new markets arising across the world, the Government must act swiftly to conclude free-trade agreements with major partners lest we get left out of the global game. And it goes without saying that, given the intricate links between the UK and the EU, both in terms of players and products, we must have continued access to the EU market. We will need robust trade agreements which remove tariff and non-tariff barriers to allow us to take our place in the global market and be a strong and credible competitor.

"Given the tremendous impact of the European Union on food and drink legislation, the new Government will have to take every precaution to provide a level playing field with fair regulations on par with our competitors abroad. Similarly, access to a skilled workforce is crucial for our industry to remain competitive and must be a top priority in any Brexit negotiations.

"We congratulate Mrs Leadsom on her appointment as Defra Secretary of State and we particularly look forward to building a strong working relationship with her and continuing our constructive collaboration with Defra officials. The dairy industry has serious challenges ahead but also many opportunities and we ask Mrs Leadsom and her team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for our industry throughout the Brexit negotiations. Dairy is vital to Britain's economy, environment and diet and therefore it is clearly within the Government's interest to ensure that this industry is well-supported. There is much at stake and we count on Defra's support to foster growth and success in our great UK dairy industry.

"Our industry is adaptable, resilient and determined with the skills and innovation to rise to the many challenges we encounter. We will continue to liaise with the UK Government, devolved administrations and all relevant organisations to promote the interests of the UK dairy sector and help to steer our industry in the right direction."

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Dairy UK Awards Recognise Dairy Excellence

Three dairy champions have been recognised for their exemplary contribution to the UK industry.

Heather Wheeler MP and Neil Parish MP have both been awarded the annual Dairy UK Award for their support of the UK industry.

Heather Wheeler chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dairy. Neil Parish chairs the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee and is former chair of the Dairy APPG.
Catherine Collins, winner of the Scientific Excellence Award, is a highly respected registered dietician, Fellow of The British Dietetic Association (BDA) and chair of the BDA England board. Catherine also sits on The Dairy Council's expert scientific panel on healthy ageing.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "All of the evening's winners are dairy champions, who work tirelessly to promote dairy from farm to fridge.

"It is crucial for everyone involved in the dairy industry to see key decision-makers and parliamentarians, such as Heather and Neil, proactively supporting an industry that has tremendous support from the British public. Their commitment to the industry is unwavering and is deeply appreciated.

"Catherine Collins is a very deserving winner of our award on Scientific Excellence. She is a strong communicator and thought-leader in nutrition science and is particularly skilled in translating nutrition science into bite-sized chunks for the general public via written, broadcast and social media."

On receiving her award, Heather Wheeler said: "It is a great honour and complete surprise. The dairy industry has long played an important role in feeding the people of the UK, however there are so many misconceptions that still exist. We need to make every effort to encourage dairy consumption and I believe that we in Parliament can, and must, support our great British dairy industry as much as possible."

Neil Parish MP, said: "As a former dairy farmer myself I am a proud supporter of our British dairy industry and a strong believer that we must work together to reach our goals. I am optimistic about the industry's future and proud to be a part of it."

Catherine Collins added: "I'm very honoured to receive this award. As part of a balanced diet, dairy foods play an essential role to help us meet out daily calcium requirement – it's both nutritional and delicious."

The awards were presented during the Dairy UK Annual Dinner held at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

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UK Dairy Industry is 'Open for Business' and Ready to Build a Better Future

The UK dairy industry is open for business and ready to help build a stronger economy and better future, Dairy UK chairman, Dr David Dobbin, said tonight.

Addressing political and industry leaders at the Dairy UK annual dinner in London, Dr Dobbin said:

"In the wake of a momentous event in UK modern history, more than ever before do we need to ensure that the UK dairy industry is market led and innovative, that it is internationally competitive and best in class and most important of all, that it is open for business wherever that business takes us.

"We need everyone along the total supply chain to be aligned to our end customers' requirements and we need Government and other key stakeholders to share our vision and support us in achieving it. It is essential that we promote British dairy products at home and abroad with all the help we can get from Government. If we are going to go it alone and successfully compete in the global market, then we need a level playing field.

"I must also convey the very deep feeling across our industry that the UK Government and all devolved Governments need to reiterate their unconditional support for the dairy industry; an industry that contributes so much to the UK in terms of jobs, investment and most important of all, an industry which provides the nation with a wide range of nutritious foods that people enjoy and embrace as part of their everyday diet.

"The lesson we hopefully have learned from the last two years is that although our industry has good long term potential for growth, output growth has to be in line with the growth in global demand. If we want to grow faster than this, we need to stimulate demand and grow our market share at home and abroad.

"We have an outstanding industry with world-class products which is investing in its future. Our people have the ambition, the determination and the skills to succeed. We will tell the world that the UK dairy industry is very much open for business, that it is ready and willing to play its part in building a strong British economy and most important of all, that it is committed to creating a successful future for all our farmers, employees and all of us in this outstanding industry."

Farming Minister George Eustice said: "The UK dairy industry is enormously important to us. That's why we are pursuing a host of measures to help our dairy farmers deal with ongoing price volatility, including backing a dairy futures market and extending tax averaging, so they are well placed to take advantage of the growing global demand for dairy produce.

"Following Friday's vote to leave the EU, we are now preparing to negotiate our exit. As the PM has made clear, there will be no immediate changes - until we leave the EU, current arrangements for farming and our environment remain in place.

"We clearly need to support our agriculture and rural communities - and British farming must remain profitable and competitive. Defra officials will be working with a dedicated unit in government to look at a future package for farmers and the environment. We will work with industry and the public to develop these new arrangements."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "We must not forget the UK dairy industry is part of a billion strong dairy community whose livelihoods and economic stability depend on dairy.

"We have a community that provides consumers worldwide with foods and ingredients that they want and love and aims to do so in a way that protects our planet for future generations.

"We excel at what we do in the UK and we are - and will remain - a strong dairying nation playing its part on the world stage."

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The Future Is Global for UK Dairy

The UK dairy industry has tremendous potential for growth on a global stage, and the ambition and determination to succeed, said Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans.

The growth opportunities to boost dairy exports were highlighted during the annual Dairy UK seminar – 'Going Global: Exports and Dairy's Future' – held today in London.

Dr Judith Bryans, said: "Exports are a crucial part of growing and strengthening the dairy industry. The events of the last few days are bound to have a profound impact on our industry and we must ensure we take all the right steps to make our sector more resilient, competitive and profitable.

"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."

Throughout the day experts from the UK and global dairy industry discussed how to make current export systems more efficient and cost-effective.

Paul Vernon, Vice-Chair of Dairy UK, said: "UK dairy exports have been growing steadily, satisfying the rising demand of dairy products in emerging countries. Our new export strategy identifies key target markets and priorities to effect real change in growth and competitiveness in the international market place.

"Our strategy puts in place a programme of recommendations and actions to create a one-stop shop for dairy exporters, remove trade barriers, establish world-class audit practise and improve the export certification regime."

During the afternoon Will Armitage of Defra's Great British Food Unit also outlined how the Government can support the industry in order to help facilitate dairy exports and Lone T. Mortensen from the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food spoke about dairy exports in Denmark.

Drawing on the example of Ireland, John Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of Ornua Foods Europe, said: "An effective export strategy must be deliberate – it requires focus, investment and commitment. It is vital to build sustainable routes and develop a strong understanding of both the supply chain and the value chain."

Jacqueline Pieters, Global Head of Food & Agri Sector Banking at Rabobank, also looked at emerging markets. She said: "There are different types of uncertainty that need to be considered when entering new markets. In emerging markets in particular it is important to manage country specific or regional risks, consider the competition, and understand what is driving demand and supply in the market."

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Dairy UK Statement on EU Referendum

Dairy UK Statement on EU Referendum

Commenting on the announcement of the EU referendum result, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

"The UK dairy industry is adaptable, resilient and determined, with the skills and innovation to rise to the many challenges we encounter. Dairy UK did not take a side in this debate because we knew that regardless of the result, we would continue to operate in a global dairy market place and demonstrate our unwavering commitment to give the public nothing but the best of UK dairy.

"Dairy UK will continue to liaise with the UK Government, devolved administrations and all relevant organisations to promote the interests of the UK dairy sector and help to steer our industry in the right direction.

"We have an outstanding UK industry producing world-class products and our people have the ambition and the determination to succeed."

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Raise Your Glass to Dairy on World Milk Day!

Milk lovers across the world will be celebrating the white stuff for World Milk Day on Wednesday 1st June 2016.

Speaking ahead of her speech on the benefits of dairy at the International Dairy Federation's celebration of World Milk Day in Seoul, South Korea, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "As the world celebrates this World Milk Day, let's remember that milk is a product to be greatly proud of. Demand for dairy is growing across the globe and we have a key role to play to help feed a growing world population with safe, nutritious and affordable foods.

The first World Milk Day was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 2001 and is still going strong.

Dr Bryans added: "Dairy makes a difference to millions of people every day, everywhere. As we pour milk on our cereal or add it to tea or coffee, we should remember that milk gives us so many of the nutrients that our bodies need. It's tasty, versatile and healthy – and it also plays an important nutritional role at all stages of life.

"Our industry is a vibrant and dynamic community which provides millions of livelihoods across the world. On World Milk Day, more than 30 countries will celebrate what milk has to offer and the dedication of all of those who put milk on our tables, from farmers to processors, manufacturers and milkmen. Let's join them, raise a glass and spread the word!"

Dairy UK and The Dairy Council will celebrate all things dairy in the lead-up to World Milk Day and will encourage all to raise a glass to dairy and tweet their best pictures using the hashtag #DairyMakesADifference.

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Dairy Foods are Crucial to a Sustainable Diet, Says Dairy UK

Dairy foods tick all the right boxes for consumers across the globe, said Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, this week.

Speaking at the European Dairy Association (EDA) Policy Conference in Brussels, Dr Bryans showed how milk and dairy products are an inherent part of a sustainable diet.

She said: "The dairy food group has outstanding sustainability credentials and we should not be afraid to showcase them. From nutrient-richness to environmental impact, from health benefits to affordability, dairy products tick every single box and few other food groups can say the same so confidently.

"On paper, our goals as an industry are quite simple. We want well-nourished and healthy people along with safe, nutritious and affordable products, and a healthy planet. Dairy products have an invaluable role to play to reach these goals, not just in the UK or in the EU but across the globe.

"We know that any type of food production comes at a cost, but dairy farmers and processors have taken huge strides in mitigating their environmental impact and looking after the planet's resources. Dairy UK set out clear environmental targets in the Dairy Roadmap, working closely with farming organisations and other industry stakeholders in the UK. We have ambitious targets and we have the drive to meet and even surpass them.

"It is becoming more and more obvious that guidelines and calls to reduce dairy consumption fail to grasp the complexities of the dairy food group, the impact of dairy substitutions and bioavailability. True, other foodstuffs contain calcium. Yet, it might be quite a challenge to incorporate over a kilo of spinach in your daily diet to get your calcium intake when a glass of milk will do the trick. Not only is dairy substitution a nutritional challenge but it also has a significant environmental impact.

"We have versatile and tasty products which have been shown to improve diet quality while respecting our natural resources. Given these credentials, it is clear that the dairy industry and dairy foods are part of the solution to feed current and future generations."


Data from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that, to get the same amount of calcium contained in a single serving of milk, an adult would need to consume 16 servings of spinach or 4.5 serving of broccoli.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report on 'Milk and Milk Products in Human Health', "billions of people around the world consume milk and dairy products every day. Not only are milk and dairy products a vital source of nutrition for these people, they also present livelihood opportunities for farmers, processors, shopkeepers and other stakeholders in the value chain."

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Nutrient Profiles Vote 'a Welcome Shift towards Holistic Nutrition Policies in the EU'

Commenting on the European Parliament vote to scrap nutrient profiles, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

"This is excellent news and a welcome shift towards holistic nutrition policies in the EU. When considering nutrition and public health, it is too easy to forget that consumers do not eat nutrients, they eat foods. Unfortunately, policies which target individual nutrients often lead to a misunderstanding of the total value of whole foods. It is therefore essential to consider the nutritional impact of whole foods and their role in a healthy and balanced diet instead of singling out 'good' or 'bad' nutrients.

"Products such as fruit yogurts or hard cheeses are rich in calcium and high quality protein and provide a range of vitamins and minerals. Even so, most of them risked falling foul of a nutrient profiling scheme based on individual nutrients. Yet, a nutrient-poor product like a diet soft drink would have passed the profile although it provides no nutritional benefits whatsoever.

"We need to look at the big picture when it comes to nutrition policies and start looking at dietary patterns as a whole. Over the last few months, we worked hard to get this point across to MEPs and we are absolutely delighted by the outcome of this vote."

Members of the European Parliament voted to scrap nutrient profiles with 402 votes for and 285 against, as part of the vote on the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).

Recital 47 states that the European Parliament "calls on the Commission, in view of the serious and persistent problems which arise in the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, including problems of distortion of competition, to review the scientific basis of this regulation and how useful and realistic it is and, if appropriate, to eliminate the concept of nutrient profiles; considers that the aims of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006, such as ensuring that information which is provided concerning foods is true and that specific indications are given concerning fat, sugar and salt content, have now been achieved by Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers."

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Dairy UK Update | New Conference on Volatility in Northern Ireland

With low market prices lasting longer than in any previous dairy price cycle, continuing market imbalance is hitting all parts of the dairy supply chain.

Recognising this is a global issue, Dairy UK (NI) and the Ulster Farmers' Union have launched plans for a major conference next month to focus on how this issue is being tackled internationally. It will bring together a panel of international experts to look at key aspects of dealing with volatility and managing margins.

Speaking at the launch, UFU president, Ian Marshall, and Dairy UK (NI) chairman, Paul Vernon, admitted there were no quick-fix solutions to the current crisis in the industry. "That cannot however be an excuse to do nothing. We are working with the banks and others on the short term cash flow crisis – but we have to go beyond this to creating an industry with a stable long term future, and central to that are new ways to reduce price volatility for farmers," said Mr Marshall.

Mr Vernon said the conference was about bringing to Northern Ireland key players from the global dairy supply chain to consider how to deal with the uncertainty that volatility brings to the whole of the dairy supply.

He said: "If we fail to find new ways to tackle this we are accepting that we will continue to live with uncertainty. That cannot be a foundation for an industry that wants to grow to take advantage of the opportunities that will return to dairy markets. Getting out of one crisis and waiting for the next one is the alternative to radical thinking on volatility and margin management."

The purpose of the conference is to explore the role of government policy in helping dairy businesses to manage margins, by comparing policy approaches in EU and USA, and to gain insight into how dairy farming and dairy processing businesses are being managed in the current environment.

The Conference "Managing Dairy Volatility" will be held in the Lagan Valley Island venue in Lisburn on Thursday 5 May 2016 starting at 9am and concluding at 3.30pm. It will be chaired by Kevin Bellamy, Global Dairy Strategist from Rabobank.

The international speakers are:

  • Jim Mulhern, CEO National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and exponent of Margin Protection in the USA;
  • Peter Blogg (Chicago Mercantile Exchange);
  • David Dobbin (CEO United Dairy Farmers);
  • Steen Nørgaard Madsen (Danish Dairy Board/ARLA);
  • Robbie Turner (Rice International);
  • Peter Lee (European Investment Bank);
  • Jay Waldvogel (Dairy Farmers of America).

Conference sponsors are:

  • Danske Bank;
  • Devenish Nutrition;
  • Fullwood;
  • NIE Networks;
  • Simple Power.

To register, visit www.dairycouncil.co.uk/news-events/2016/04/managing-dairy-volatility-conference.

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The Dairy Council | Dairy is Key to Ageing Healthily, Say Experts

Research shows that dairy plays a key role in ageing healthily, as revealed in a preliminary report published today.

The UK population is ageing and age-related malnutrition has become a growing public health concern. The research shows that dairy consumption, and the nutrients in dairy, were associated with less muscle loss and decreased frailty in older people.

The report, Dairy & Healthy Ageing, which addresses the role of nutrition in supporting health throughout the life course, will be launched by The Dairy Council at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel this evening as part of a wider compendium on dairy and health that will be published later this year.

Whilst it is an area that requires further research, initial studies show that the high quality protein in dairy foods can help to preserve muscle mass and reduce the risk of frailty in older people.

Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: "Prevention is always better than cure and with the UK's ageing population becoming a more serious public health concern, we need to be aware of how our diets can help us as we get older.

"No other food is able to provide the same amount of calcium as dairy, and therefore it is critical that dairy is part of our diet as we grow older to ensure our bones remain strong. Bone diseases contribute significantly to a reduced quality of life and therefore we need to look further into how our diet can help to slow the effect of the ageing process on our bodies.

"Dairy foods are also nutrient-rich sources of high quality protein which is essential to avoid the loss of lean muscle tissue in older people. Protein quality is an underappreciated aspect of protein recommendations for older people and this is something that should receive greater attention.

"I would like to thank all of our expert writers who have contributed to this report to identify the role of nutrition in optimising health and mitigating the decline in muscle and bone mass. Although further work is required in the field, the report demonstrates that dairy matters at all stages of life."

The report will be part of a series of chapters on dairy and healthy ageing which will be published later this year. The compendium will also feature papers from experts on recent projects commissioned by The Dairy Council, and supported by AHDB dairy, on saturated fat, dairy and cardiometabolic health and obesity.

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