Dairy UK Welcomes Announcement of new £15m Scheme to Tackle Food Waste

London, 1st October 2018: Dairy UK today welcomed today's announcement from Defra of an additional £15 million to tackle food waste and redistribute surplus food.

Commenting, Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

"Over the past decade, dairy processors have taken significant steps to minimise food waste and find alternative uses for the waste generated on site. As a result 85% of the food waste generated on site is not wasted and has an alternative use. Increasingly food waste is being used for animal feed, converted into energy or redistributed, all of which ensures that the abundance of nutrients that dairy products provide do not go to waste.

"Through the Dairy Roadmap, dairy processors have committed to continue this action, pledging to reduce the food waste they produce by 30% by 2025, and to take effective action to prevent consumer food waste."

Alongside work as part of The Dairy Roadmap, Dairy UK is also a signatory of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, an ambitious voluntary agreement which aims to cut food and drink waste by 20% by 2025. Courtauld business signatories, including leading retailers, manufacturers, and food redistribution organisations, have agreed to work collaboratively with WRAP to double the amount of surplus food they redistribute by 2020.


Dairy UK Calls on Government to Commit to Funding School Milk Schemes Post-Brexit

London, 26th September 2018 – On World School Milk Day 2018, Dairy UK has called on the Government to safeguard the future of school milk schemes by committing to their long-term funding, post-Brexit.

New research carried out on behalf of Dairy UK has shown that over three-quarters of parents in the UK are concerned about the future funding of school milk schemes after Brexit, with 87% of parents rating such schemes as 'incredibly valuable' to children.

Currently UK children receive subsidised milk through two schemes; the Nursery Milk Scheme, or the EU School Milk Scheme. Funding for the EU School Milk Scheme post-Brexit is still under consideration, and with the Nursery Milk Scheme being consulted on later this year, millions of children may be at risk of missing out on the nutritious milk and dairy products that generations before them received at school.

In reference to the EU School Milk Scheme, Dairy UK has called on the Government to commit to funding a replacement scheme post-Brexit, to ensure British children receive subsidised school milk alongside their European counterparts. It has also cautioned against any move which will affect the number of children receiving milk through the Nursery Milk Scheme.

Commenting, Chief Executive of Dairy UK Dr Judith Bryans said: "Milk is so important to the growth and development of children- just one carton provides calcium, protein, iodine, B vitamins and other vital nutrients. School milk schemes mean that children from all backgrounds can access nutritious foods, like milk. In the light of rising levels of childhood obesity it is paramount that funding for these schemes continues, so that we educate the next generation about healthy food and diets."

Dairy UK has launched a petition, calling on parents and consumers to join the call to protect the future of the school milk schemes and ensure millions of children continue to have access to affordable nutritious foods at school. The petition can be found here.


BMJ Study on Sugar Content of Yogurts: Dairy UK Response

Yogurt contains the natural sugar lactose sometimes alongside added sugars, which are combined to give a ‘total sugar’ figure on food labels. Nutritional advice from both the Government and the NHS does not recommend cutting out the natural sugars found in milk or yogurts, as these do not count as free sugars. 
Some yogurts contain added sugars and the dairy industry has through the reformulation process worked with Public Health England to reduce this. This study was carried out prior to the sugar reformulation programme published its first year results. As a result, it fails to take into account the sugar reduction the industry has already achieved. We are already ahead of the reformulation target, achieving a 6% reduction in added sugar in year one. 
It is important to remember that yogurts are nutritionally valuable, providing protein, calcium, iodine as well as B vitamins and many other minerals. Just One 125g pot of low-fat fruit yogurt can provide a 4-6 year old with 39% of their recommended daily calcium and 60% of their iodine intake.


Dairy UK Responds to the Publication of the Agriculture Bill

Responding to the publication of the Agriculture Bill, Paul Vernon Chair of Dairy UK commented:

“This Bill gives Defra new and wide ranging powers to reshape the support given to agriculture and develop new support schemes for farmers. There does, however, appear to be a lack of emphasis within the Bill on the financial support given to farmers for productivity measures, which is a concern. The profitability and innovation of dairy farms must go hand in hand with providing public goods, so that we can remain competitive post-Brexit.

“One element of this Bill allows the Secretary of State to regulate contracts in agriculture. This has the potential of providing greater flexibility than is currently allowed under the CMO. That being the case, it is difficult to understand why Defra has signalled that they will be bringing forward proposals for the regulation of raw milk contracts under the CMO. Our analysis of the requirements of the CMO is that they are fundamentally incompatible with the need of the dairy sector to compete in the volatile market place we can expect post-Brexit. So our first ask is that Defra delay the regulation of contracts in the dairy sector until the powers of the Agriculture Bill are in place, so we can tailor regulation to the needs of the British dairy sector and there is a full and wide-ranging consultation with all players in the dairy supply chain.

 “There is clearly a need for close dialogue between Defra and the dairy industry to realise the opportunities created by the Bill. We look forward to working with Defra throughout that process.”

Arthur Fearnall, Chair of Dairy UK’s Farmers’ Forum added:

“We look forward to receiving greater detail on the measures announced within the Bill in due course, and the Dairy UK Farmers Forum will take a constructive role in the dialogue with Defra through this process. We want to ensure that dairy farmer’s views and needs are fully reflected in order to secure a positive future for dairy farming post-Brexit.”


'Dairy Department' Sees Positive Millennial Shift in Attitudes to Dairy

A £1.2 million industry consumer campaign to remind millennials of their love of dairy resulted in an 11% drop in those considering a switch to dairy alternatives.

The campaign, funded by AHDB Dairy and Dairy UK created a spoof organisation - ‘The Department of Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs’ - to target an audience of millennials and young parents who don’t fully understand the values of dairy and how it fits with their lives.

Attitudinal research conducted after the initial wave of promotional activity in February and March this year showed 8% of the target audience were less likely to cut down their dairy intake and 11% were less likely to replace dairy with alternatives.

The tongue-in-cheek campaign created fictional jobs within ‘The Department’ including Minister for Milk, Director of Cheese and Head of Butter. It featured videos on social media and on-demand TV together with a series of billboard posters at busy city sites including bus stops, rail and bus stations.

The campaign notched up 19 million interactions on social media, and reached 14 million people through advertising.

The positive findings have led Dairy UK and AHDB Dairy to commit a further £1.2 million to the campaign for another year.

Commenting Judith Bryans, Dairy UK chief executive said: “Our decision to move away from traditional media has shown that understanding your target audience and tailoring your messages accordingly is the best way to communicate your message successfully. It’s fantastic to see so many engage with and enjoy our campaign and remember what it is that they love about dairy.”

Rebecca Miah, AHDB head of crops and dairy marketing said: “While our interactions and media reach is hugely important as a measure of success, what is more important is how the work impacts on consumer attitudes and actions, which is why we are so pleased to see the positive effect for the industry the campaign has had among the target audience, and we will be ensuring year two is as robust and focused”.

Farmers promoted the campaign locally by ordering branded posters, banners, re-useable coffee cups and car stickers to use on-farm and at local events.

AHDB also launched the ‘1 Billion People’ project, which linked Instagram influencers – people with large social media followings - with farmers to tell the story of how dairy supports 1 billion people globally through sustainable food chains, female empowerment, and local communities.

Social media and on-farm activity will continue throughout 2018. Further advertising and press activity will be announced towards the end of the year.


Norman Ruby Honoured With BCB Industry Award


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London, 25th July 2018: Cheese industry legend Norman Ruby picked up the British Cheese Board (BCB) Industry Award yesterday, at the annual International Cheese and Dairy Awards in Nantwich.

Norman has been a respected and well-liked character within the cheese industry for nearly four decades. His contribution to the industry was recognised by the BCB Industry Award yesterday. The BCB award is given to those who have made an outstanding and invaluable contribution to the British cheese industry throughout their careers.

Although Norman started his working life in the RAF, after joining The Cheese Company at Taw Valley in 1980, he never looked back. Norman moved his way up the ranks before becoming Cheese Production Manager at Appleby and Lockerbie. He then moved to St Ivel before joining Chr Hansen in 2001, where he has worked for the last 17 years. After 39 years in the cheese industry, Norman is retiring and planning to spend more time with his family.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK commented "Norman's passion and dedication to the cheese industry over the last 39 years makes him a worthy winner of the BCB Industry Award this year. I'd like to congratulate Norman on receiving this award and wish him a happy retirement."

Chairman of the International Cheese and Dairy Awards Chris Chisnell added: "What an achievement. It's only fitting that the world's largest cheese competition should recognise such an outstanding contribution to the Dairy Industry. Thoroughly deserved!"

Norman Ruby added: "This was an unexpected award, so I was pretty shocked! I've made so many friends over a lifetime in this wonderful industry, I will miss it greatly when I retire. I would like to thank the BCB for this award, I feel very humbled."


Image (L-R): Norman Ruby, Luisa Candido, Nutrition & Technical Manager at Dairy UK

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Dairy UK Comments on Response to SACN Consultation on Saturated Fat and Health

Dairy UK has submitted a robust response to the SACN consultation on saturated fats and health.

Commenting Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said:

"The draft SACN report doesn't paint the full scientific picture about saturated fat and as a result some of the statements it makes aren't fully justified.

Although the report is about saturated fat, without a doubt, its results will be extrapolated from saturated fat to foods that contain saturated fat. Without some balance around nutrient richness being brought to the debate, especially when it comes to consumers, dairy could be hit disproportionately by unwarranted negative messages.

"I therefore urge SACN to take note of the numerous points raised in our response and factor them in to subsequent dietary recommendations to consumers"


Strong and Vibrant UK Dairy Industry Will Meet New Challenges Successfully

London, 27th June 2018: The UK dairy industry is 'increasingly strong, vibrant and ambitious' and can successfully deal with the unprecedented challenges and opportunities it now faces.

Speaking to industry leaders and politicians at Dairy UK's annual dinner in London, Paul Vernon, chairman of the organisation, said the UK dairy industry is one of great scale and relevance and plays a crucial role in consumer diets, rural communities, the economy and the nation's food security.

Mr Vernon revealed a number of changes to Dairy UK following a recent strategic review saying Dairy UK is fully committed to a new mission to 'promote the consumption of UK dairy products domestically and internationally'.

He said: "We will pursue this new mission through being a strong and influential processor-led organisation with partnerships with farmers and other stakeholders along the supply chain. This new focus will be integral to everything we do now and in the future and equally it will define what we won't do."

He said Dairy UK's immediate priorities will be to:

• Promote the nutrition and health benefits of dairy foods

• Promote the positive benefits of dairy with regard to the environment and society, as well as the industry's commitment to continuous improvement

• Address a number of clearly defined Brexit-related issues and the impending issues around the regulation of milk contracts

Mr Vernon said: "The changes we are making to the organisation are about delivering a stronger and more focused Dairy UK and making us ever more effective and relevant.

"We will be increasing our staffing and increasing our communications capabilities."

He said "The Dairy Council and the British Cheese Board will be fully integrated into Dairy UK. Nutrition and health will be given a renewed focus within Dairy UK and there will be increased promotion of cheese.

Mr Vernon highlighted the key priorities for the dairy sector which include an increased focus on:-

• Promoting the consumption of dairy products domestically and internationally.
• Securing a progressive post-Brexit trading environment.
• Ensuring that the Government understood the full implications for farmers and processors of their proposed regulation of raw milk contracts.
• Ensuring that the industry drives forward and that milk-based drinks remain exempt from the Government's sugar levy.

Mr Vernon also talked about the positive results already being seen as a result of the Department of Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs. The Department was launched last year as a joint campaign between Dairy UK and AHDB Dairy to remind millennials why they fell in love with dairy.

Turning to Brexit, Mr Vernon said the clock is ticking and the industry needed stability and certainty of information.

"Let's be clear, as an industry we can deal with what is to come and make a success of it - but only if we know what form Brexit might take. Knowing what transition looks like is now key and we urge those in power to give us as much clarity as possible. The same can be said for dairy farmers. A post-Brexit agricultural policy must help the industry progress and not hold it back. We need to ensure our dairy farmers are not disadvantaged."

Proposed contract regulation has the potential could lead to greater insecurity and volatility which could be damaging for dairy processors and farmers, said Mr Vernon.

On the Government's sugar levy, he said that the industry must robustly press its case to ensure that the industry pushes forward and that milk-based drinks are not dragged into the levy, despite a strong lobby calling for that to happen.


Dairy Champion Recognised in Annual Dairy UK Award

London, 27th June 2018: The UK dairy industry has paid tribute to the outstanding contribution from one of its best-known figures, Lyndon Edwards, organic dairy farmer and former Chairman of Dairy UK's Farmers' Forum.

Receiving the Dairy UK award from noted journalist Andrew Neil at this year's Annual Dinner, Mr Edwards, who oversees all farm and business activities at his 670-acre organic dairy farm outside Chepstow, expressed his delight at winning the award.

Mr Edwards said: "I am honoured to receive the prestigious Dairy UK award and am proud to follow in the footsteps of the men and women who have done so much to help the UK dairy industry thrive. I am passionate about the work I do and want to thank everyone who has made it possible for me to contribute to, and promote the sector over the years. I look forward to working with Dairy UK and other dairy stakeholders to drive progress over the coming years."

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: "Lyndon's passion for the industry is clear to everyone who knows him. His tireless efforts to promote the UK dairy sector coupled with his past leadership of Dairy UK's Farmers' Forum, of which is remains a valued and active member, make him a worthy recipient of the 2018 Dairy UK award."

"Lyndon is a real asset to the dairy sector and is a brilliant example of a progressive, dynamic, innovative and successful dairy farmer and a true ambassador for British dairying.


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.  

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