Dairy UK Welcomes Positive Steps Towards School Milk Scheme

Dairy UK welcomed today the European Council Special Committee on Agriculture's endorsement of a new compromise position for a revised EU School Milk Scheme.

The position expands the list of eligible products for EU subsidy to include a number of flavoured dairy products and increases the total budget from €80 million to €100 million.

The list of eligible products now includes drinking milk and its lactose-free variants, cheese, yogurt and other fermented products as well as a number of flavoured milks and yogurts. National health authorities would still need to approve which of these eligible products to distribute in schools across the UK. The compromise position also includes a breakdown of how much aid would be allocated to each Member State – the UK would receive just under €10 million per school year, which is amongst the four highest allocations of all European countries.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "This is excellent news for school children across the UK. We are particularly pleased by the inclusion of flavoured milks and yogurts alongside plain dairy products as all can make important contributions to children's intakes of essential nutrients, particularly protein, calcium and vitamin B12.

"At a time when children and teenagers tend to eat less dairy and end up missing out on these key nutrients, it is crucial to ensure that nutrient-rich dairy products remain easily accessible to them. The School Milk Scheme plays a key role in ensuring that children have access to these nutritious foods and the importance of this cannot be stressed enough given the role nutrition plays in long term growth and development and overall health.

"Dairy UK has put in a lot of effort to get these messages across to representatives of all European institutions and we are delighted that our voice and those of our European colleagues were heard. We will maintain a constructive dialogue with Members of the European Parliament and other European institutions to ensure the new scheme is adopted."

The European Parliament still needs to give this position the green light before the process can continue. If accepted, the new EU School Milk Scheme would be applicable from August 2017.

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Industry Publishes 2015 Dairy Roadmap Report

The 2015 Dairy Roadmap report shows that the UK dairy industry has made significant strides in its environmental performance.roadmap

The Dairy Roadmap is a leading supply chain initiative that represents the UK dairy industry's commitment to reduce its environmental footprint. The taskforce is made up of 25 organisations from across the UK dairy industry and encourages engagement between stakeholders including policymakers, NGOs and consumers to promote the industry's strong sustainability credentials and ethos. Together, these organisations define targets and produce regular reports on progress that the industry is making on environmental matters.

Since the creation of the Dairy Roadmap in 2008, dairy processors, farmers and retailers have made some key achievements.

  • Dairy processors have demonstrated at 16% improvement in overall energy efficiency, exceeding the original target of 15%;
  • 77% of dairy holdings are now implementing nutrient management plans. In addition to this, 69% of these farmers are updating their management plan every year;
  • Dairy processors achieved a 15% reduction in relative water consumption;
  • 78% of dairy farmers are currently taking action to reduce the GHG emissions on their farm;
  • There has also been a rise to 74% of liquid cartons in the dairy category which now carry the Forest Stewardship Council label to show they were made with responsibly-sourced wood fibre;
  • 78% of farmers have implemented water efficiency methods, going beyond the target of 70%;
  • Dairy processors are now sending only 4% of factory waste to landfill down from 32% in 2008, thanks to improved segregation of mixed waste, employee engagement activities as well as a greater use of energy from waste incineration and AD technology.

This is the third report since the roadmap was launched in 2008, uniting the supply chain to agree challenging and monitored environmental and sustainability targets. The 2015 report highlights a new set of targets for 2025, including some targets that have been expanded.

The full report is available for download here.

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Britain's Got Talent Star Helps Chelsea Pensioners to Ring In the Festive Season

Britain's Got Talent star Charlotte Jaconelli helped to spread some festive cheer among the Chelsea Pensioners today.

Charlotte was the surprise guest of honour at the 300-year-old Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses. This tradition began in 1692 when the Royal Hospital Chelsea asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners with cheese as a Christmas treat.

The singing sensation shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent as one half of 'Jonathan & Charlotte', the duo that brought the judges and nation to their feet in 2012. During the Ceremony, Charlotte delighted the Pensioners with her rendition of Pie Jesu and I Could Have Danced All Night from hit musical My Fair Lady.

Charlotte Jaconelli said: "It has been a great honour to meet some of the Chelsea Pensioners today and take part in this wonderful ceremony, paying tribute to these true British heroes. This is one of Britain's loveliest Christmas traditions."

Cheese has always been a favourite among British soldiers serving on the front line and it has been handed out in their rations since the First World War. Every year British cheesemakers from across the country have continued to honour this tradition by donating a selection of cheeses at this annual Ceremony.

A 24.75kg Montgomery Cheddar, donated by J A E Montgomery Ltd, was ceremonially cut by In-Pensioner Derek Walters BEM, aged 82.

Derek joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1952 as a National Serviceman. The majority of his time was spent in Egypt with the Middle East Land Force. Derek was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1982 for his work in the setting up of the British Army of the Rhine Freight service from Hannover to Berlin.

He said: "It is an honour to represent my fellow Chelsea Pensioners today – cheese has always been an important part of our diet and we are always happy to receive this delicious Christmas gift. The military is known for its traditions, but this is one of my favourites."

The Dairy Council has supported the Ceremony for 55 years. Sandy Wilkie, Chairman of The Dairy Council, said: "The Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses is a much-loved event in the dairy calendar – it is a colourful, and historic, way of celebrating our great British cheeses.

"It's a great tradition. Every year cheesemakers from across the country pay tribute to the courage and contribution made by our war veterans by donating lots of our tasty British cheeses, and we at The Dairy Council are very proud to play a part in that.

"It wasn't just the Christmas cheese that put a smile on our faces. Charlotte Jaconelli did a wonderful job in bringing some festive spirit to our heroes today – her performance was truly beautiful."

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Food and Drink Industry Bodies Call for Continuation of Climate Change Agreements

Dairy UK welcomes the Government's decision to review the energy tax landscape for manufacturing businesses and calls for the continuation of Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) as part of the solution.

Dairy UK and representatives of the UK food and drink production and manufacturing sector have set out their shared views on the business energy tax consultation in a letter to Government Ministers.

The sector is calling for CCAs to be developed further as they have proven to be an extremely effective mechanism for inducing gains in energy efficiency and protecting industrial competiveness.

The food and drink production and manufacturing sector accounts for around one third of all energy used within CCAs and the scheme is key to the industry's continued effective contribution towards energy efficiency without jeopardising its competitiveness in domestic and global markets.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The Climate Change Agreements have been a great success so far – they are an excellent and durable way of driving improvements in the dairy sector.

"The dairy industry has achieved a 15% improvement in energy efficiency since 2008 and the CCA scheme has undoubtedly played a key role, setting long term, sector specific targets, which provide important investment security for businesses.

"CCAs have also led to the welcome benefit of establishing a comprehensive dataset on sector performance, which has been well utilised by government, and the scheme has provided opportunities to exchange data, best practice and advice, which collectively have immeasurably helped to accelerate changes in industry standards.

"The UK dairy sector continues to take its environmental responsibilities very seriously and therefore it is crucial that the Government simplifies the existing energy tax landscape and recognises the significant gains in energy efficiency that have been brought about by the CCA."

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Milk Heroes Award - Nominate Truly Outstanding Milkmen and Women

Dairy UK is celebrating the great British tradition of doorstep delivery by recognising the outstanding milkmen and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty on their milk rounds.

Every day, thousands of milkmen and women deliver milk, dairy products and much more to loyal customers across the country. Not only do these men and women deliver milk and household essentials, but they also are active members of the community.

Dairy UK is therefore looking for the next Milk Heroes who deserve to be rewarded for their dedication to the community and is calling on all its members to nominate outstanding milkmen and women for a Milk Hero award.

Previous winners of the award have rescued elderly customers, alerted the authorities to fires, thwarted burglaries and car thefts and been involved in a whole range of meritorious acts that have benefited customers and the local community.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Our milkmen and women are an important part of the community, and they willingly go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of our neighbourhoods and the wellbeing of the community.

"Dairy UK is delighted to be bringing back the Milk Heroes award in recognition of our outstanding milkmen and women."

Milkmen and women nominated for a Milk Hero award must be Dairy UK members, employed by and/ or a franchisee of a Dairy UK member. Nominees can be employed roundsmen/ women, BMBs and franchisees.

Nominations should be submitted by completing the Milk Heroes form which is available for download from the Dairy UK website at www.dairyuk.org/consumers/find-me-a-milkman or by contacting Dairy UK on 0207 405 1484 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dairy Industry Strenghtens Nutritional Promotion of Milk and Dairy

Recognition of the nutritional benefits of dairy products is increasing across major European and global dairy markets.

Experts from 20 different countries gathered in Edinburgh for the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress heard that attitudes to the nutritional value of dairy were changing in a positive way.

In the UK alone dairy products are present in 98% of households, but the industry has to continue to work harder to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy.

Speaking at the EDA World Dairy Forum, Dr Mike Johnson, Chief Executive of The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, said: "Attitudes towards dairy are changing in a positive way. The effects of milk and dairy foods on health are about more than the individual nutrients they contain. Rather, the unique combination of nutrients, bioactive factors and other components, and how they interact with each other in the dairy matrix, combine to produce the overall effect on health.

"The challenge is to leverage these positive changes to develop sales, and this can best be achieved through generic and brand marketing working together."

Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group, also took part in the discussion, focusing on the Dairy APPG's recent work on dairy and public health and how to encourage support from parliamentarians.

Speaking at the EDA World Dairy Forum, Heather Wheeler MP, said: "At a time when the industry needs strong support and tangible solutions to weather the current storm, it is disheartening to hear negative or misleading messages about the benefits of milk and dairy products. Therefore, we decided to launch a new enquiry and look at the role of dairy in the public health debate to support the future of the UK dairy industry by highlighting the unique contribution of dairy to public health.

"Over the next few weeks, we will examine the impact of public health policies on the dairy industry and on consumers. We want to ensure the dairy food group plays a key role in any government strategy on public health and healthy eating, and we must address misconceptions about the benefits of dairy and its role in a healthy and balanced diet."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, added: "The science that underpins the nutritional benefits of milk is very formidable and we are delighted that the public is so supportive of dairy but we need to keep pressing home that these are nutritionally great foods which form an important part of a healthy diet."

Other speakers included Isabel MacNeil, Group Manager of Industry Promotion and Product Innovation, who led an award-winning 'Legendairy' marketing campaign to paint a positive picture about the dairy industry.

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Experts Outline Future for Dairy Industry

International dairy experts today outlined the future for the dairy industry.

Dairy UK Chairman Dr David Dobbin called on the industry to focus on growing added value sales to the domestic and export markets, as well as increasing the promotional activity of dairy products to the public.

Nearly 200 delegates from 20 dairy-producing countries attending the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress were told that the prospects for the industry remain positive despite the global crisis this year.

Dr David Dobbin, Chairman of Dairy UK which is hosting the EDA Congress, said: "The fundamental cause of the adverse dairy markets of the last year was over-production with the growth in global milk production overtaking demand.

"However, our members are optimistic, not pessimistic, about their future. We are acutely aware of the challenges we need to overcome to succeed.

"We must develop an economically sustainable growth strategy, market led and focusing on growing in value not just volume.

"We need to build our competitiveness focusing on improving on product and process innovation and supply chain integrity. And we need to actively promote and educate emerging generations on the nutritional value of dairy products.

"While we look to Government and the EU Commission to help us create an environment where we can succeed, first and foremost we in the British dairy industry must take the lead and take control over our own destiny."

Joost Korte, Deputy Director General for Agricultural and Rural Development at the European Commission, said the abolition of quotas was not responsible for low milk prices and added that if the EC had raised intervention price it would not have reduced supply of milk.

Joost said total consumption growth is forecast to be 2.1% with EU milk deliveries growth at around 0.8% and the Commission will publish its 10-year forecast for the industry in December.

Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Executive Vice President of Arla Foods UK, said three global strategies needed to be adopted for future success in the areas of health, naturalness and sustainability.

"The future of dairy can be promising if we take the right actions now", he said. "We should not be afraid of the milk as we strive to attain sustainable growth."

Ronald Kers, Chief Executive Officer, Global Muller Group, told the congress: "We gain competitive advantage by driving value through innovation, brands, scale and operational excellence. Being able to sell British products to British consumers is important. It is all about bringing added value to the consumer."

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European Dairy Industry Makes Major Strides in Sustainability

Education and training are at the heart of key initiatives across Europe to promote the benefits of the dairy industry and its products.

Two renowned sustainability experts today outlined at the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Congress in Edinburgh programmes to facilitate job creation, training and development in the dairy industry.

Chris Edwards, Business Development Manager at Tetra Pak, presented the Eden project, a unique UK initiative set up by and for the dairy industry specifically to train dairy technicians and engineers.

Tom Banham, Head of Academy Talent Acquisition at Nestlé, also shared his insights at the breakout session about the European-wide Alliance for YOUth scheme which has seen Nestlé partner with almost 200 companies in Europe to assist young people in finding work opportunities

Chris said: "The Eden Project was created from concept in 2007 and has been organic ever since. Its aim is to tackle the acute skills shortage particularly in the UK dairy industry but reflected across Europe. Since then we have seen the training scheme grow and develop into something really relevant, up to date and special for our industry.

"It's about developing knowledge, skills and behaviours for the future of young dairy technical talent by creating a shared learning environment for our future colleagues."

Tom added: "Unemployment today affects one in four young people below 25 and their 6 million families. This development, combined with an increasingly ageing workforce, is a serious threat to the European economy, as the EU market loses several billions of euros annually.

"It is essential that we provide practical help, insights and advice to students as we plan for the future and train the next generation of technical and commercial experts who will become the future leaders of companies like Nestlé and the wider food and drink manufacturing sector."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The UK dairy industry works hard to address any skills shortage and to ensure the future of the dairy industry is sustainable. We are committed to promoting the dairy industry as a career-rich sector.

"The results so far have been encouraging and the dairy sector constantly strives to come up with workable solutions. Sustainability remains at the heart of the agenda across Europe."

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Global Dairy Markets to Enjoy Continued Growth, Predict Experts

Dairy markets will continue to enjoy growth around the world despite the very significant short term challenges facing the industry.

Speaking at the Economics Seminar at the European Dairy Association (EDA) Annual Congress in Edinburgh, Kevin Bellamy, Senior Analyst at Rabobank, said: "Global growth should continue at 2% or more.

"There is clearly too much milk on the world market and leading dairy countries, such as New Zealand, have been facing extremely challenging conditions. Emerging markets should provide the opportunity for more balanced growth on the international market."

He cited the changing market conditions in the US to be significant for the future of the dairy industry. "There are rising stocks in the US which is likely to reach a tipping point, resulting in milk prices falling by the end of 2015. The strength of the dollar will also hamper export efforts", he said.

Mr Bellamy also said that changing conditions in New Zealand and the US could lead to 1bn litres of less surplus on the world market.

Other factors having a major influence on the world market are the continued Russian ban on imports and the reduction in China's demand for imports, in addition to continuing high levels of production in Europe.

The Congress was told that the drop in oil prices and exchange rates were also material factors, particularly for emerging markets.

"Demand for dairy will expand, particularly driven by emerging markets, and this will result in more target destinations for companies. There will be plenty of opportunities for dairy built primarily on population growth and per capita consumption."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The UK and European markets are affected by global factors and we in the UK industry must continue to make every effort to be internationally competitive and add value to dairy."

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New Cheesy Choices for Children's Lunchboxes - British Cheese Board

The British Cheese Board (BCB) and TV chef Peter Sidwell have launched a new campaign which is guaranteed to make your child's lunchbox cheesier and healthier.

CMAD1To celebrate the launch of their new campaign, Cheese Makes a Difference to Healthy Lunchboxes, the BCB and Peter Sidwell hosted a children's cookery class in a primary school to teach children some of the simple and tasty ways to incorporate cheese into their lunchboxes.

Peter Sidwell has created a range of delicious cheesy lunchbox ideas, including tortilla stars with cheesy dip; cheese and pepperoni twists; savoury cheese muffins and pizza quesadillas, to show that a cheesy lunch can be so much more than a cheese sandwich.

The campaign was designed following a recent survey commissioned by the BCB amongst 500 children and parents to find out just how much the nation knows and likes about cheese. The results showed that over 20% of children eat cheese every day and 45% eat it every other day. Only 1% of children surveyed said they never ate cheese – showing just how popular cheese is.

Cheddar is especially loved by children, with 63% ranking it as their favourite cheese. Over a quarter of children surveyed said that cheese was their favourite lunchbox filling, whereas 31% said it was their favourite food and 40% voted cheese as their favourite sandwich filling.

Some other interesting survey results include:

  • 45% of kids like to eat melted cheese, but interestingly almost 10% believed that melted cheese was worse for you;
  • 77% of kids knew that cheese comes from cows, although almost 5% said they thought it came from the moon. Additionally, 3% of kids thought cheese grew in the ground and 3% believed it grew on trees;
  • 24% of children surveyed said all food tastes better covered in cheese;
  • 11% also thought that cheese makes you smarter.

Peter Sidwell said: "I really hope parents find my recipes useful and informative, and more importantly I hope children enjoy them. We all love a classic cheese sandwich but what we are trying to achieve through this campaign is to show that we can do so much more with cheese. Whether it's a quesadilla or some cheesy dumplings, my recipes will demonstrate some creative and healthy ways of incorporating more cheesy choices into our children's lunchboxes.

CMAD2"Today has been a great day – we had a wonderful time with the kids during our cooking class and I have no doubt they will enjoy these new cheesy choices for their lunchboxes."

The nutritional aspect of cheese is often disregarded by the misconception that cheese is bad for you, with 22% of children surveyed believing this to be true as cheese contains fat. However, encouragingly almost half of the children surveyed recognised that cheese was good for you because it is packed full of calcium.

Cheese is not only a great source of calcium, but it is also packed with phosphorous, both of which help to maintain strong teeth and healthy bones, as well as protein which is essential for children's growth and development and Vitamin B12 which is important for the immune system.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "We are delighted to launch our Cheese Makes a Difference to a Healthy Lunchbox campaign today. It is a real pleasure to work with Peter again after our successful cheesy salad campaign this summer and to get his creative input on how to use cheese in lunchboxes.

"Every parent is concerned about their child's nutritional intake and cheese is an ideal way to make sure they're on the right road to meet dairy requirements for calcium, protein, Vitamin B12 and phosphorous – all of which are vital to a young child's development. Cheese is a nutritious and versatile food that can be part of any meal to help meet children's nutritional needs.

"Our survey confirms that cheese remains a staple of the UK diet, with 99% of children eating cheese at least once a week. With so many great British cheeses available, it is very easy for parents to pick their children's favourite as a tasty and healthy addition to their lunchbox.

"I would like to thank Colham Manor Primary School for taking part in our cheesy lunchbox cookery class, it is fantastic to get such positive engagement from teachers and parents."

Mr Simon Hawley, Headteacher at Colham Manor Primary School, added: "As a school, we are working hard to encourage our pupils to bring in healthy, balanced packed lunches – and cheese is an important part of that. Research also states that dairy produce is important for a child's development.

"It was evident today that cheese is not just a healthy addition to a child's lunchbox, but it is tasty and versatile. I look forward to seeing some more cheesy lunchboxes with a balance of different food groups around the school in the near future."

The campaign, Cheese Makes a Difference to Healthy Lunchboxes, is part of an umbrella campaign to promote British cheese and supports the industry's overarching Dairy Makes a Difference initiative.

The BCB will be hosting a social media competition for children and their parents to post a picture of their cheesy lunchbox using the hashtag #CheeseMAD for the chance to win a free iPad.

Peter Sidwell's cheesy lunchbox recipes can be downloaded at www.britishcheese.com/campaigns/lunchboxes where full survey results can also be viewed.

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Dairy UK Appoints New Chairman As Industry Drives Dairy Agenda Forward

Dr David Dobbin CBE was elected Chairman of Dairy UK today at the organisation's Annual General Meeting. Dr Dobbin is Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers, a leading UK dairy co-operative.

Dr Dobbin said: "I am acutely aware that I am taking on the Chair of Dairy UK at a time when our industry faces significant challenges along the supply chain for farmers and processors alike. While we look to the Government and EU Commission to support the dairy sector in the current global market crisis, we must look first and foremost to what we can do ourselves.

"We must continue to be market rather than production led, continue to build our international competitiveness and continue to create added value through product and process innovation. There are clearly opportunities to promote British dairy produce and increase our market share in our home market, as well as grow exports. Dairy UK has an important role to play in all of this.

"Driving demand for dairy products means ensuring Government agencies and consumers at home and abroad recognise our industry's capability and commitment to produce food products that are safe, nutritious and sustainable. These are goals that Dairy UK and its subsidiaries are already working hard to achieve and intend to further enhance going forward.

"I look forward to working with my Board colleagues and the Dairy UK executive to help to drive the dairy agenda forward. I believe the UK dairy industry can hold its own against the very best, but we need Government to help us create an environment where we can successfully compete and generate viable and sustainable returns for farmers and processors."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Dairy UK is delighted to have such a formidable advocate of the dairy industry's activities and products as David Dobbin at its helm. The Board of Dairy UK and the executive team are also very grateful to Billy Keane for his Chairmanship, during which he led the organisation forward with drive and commitment."

Dr Bryans also welcomed the election of Paul Vernon from Glanbia Cheese and Peter Giørtz-Carlsen from Arla Foods as Vice-Chairs of Dairy UK. "Mr Vernon and Mr Giørtz-Carlsen bring with them a wealth of expertise and insights on the dairy industry. I look forward to working with such a strong and experienced leadership team to drive the industry forward and seize the opportunities that lie ahead."

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UK Dairy Industry Steps Up Its Environmental Performance

Preliminary results from the 2015 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report show that dairy processors have achieved a 15% increase in energy efficiency since 2008, meaning they are just steps away from meeting the Climate Change Agreements and Dairy Roadmap 2020 targets of 13.6% and 15% respectively.

The report also details the significant progress made in waste management. Processors attained a 22% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill per tonne of product input and demonstrated an 18% increase in the amount of waste recycled or recovered per tonne of product input.

The main findings of the 2015 benchmarking report are:

  • A 15% increase in energy efficiency;
  • A 15% increase in water efficiency;
  • A 4% decrease in effluent* loads per tonne product input;
  • A 22% decrease in waste to landfill per tonne product input;
  • An 18% increase in waste recycled/recovered per tonne product input.

Joanna Stewart, Environmental Manager at Dairy UK, said: "The report sends a very positive message and reiterates the UK dairy industry's commitment to tackling the environmental challenges of food production. These results are particularly impressive given that the throughput of the reporting sites increased by 23% in the same period.

"The Benchmarking Tool is a valuable resource for processors to track their performance and identify areas for improvement. The UK dairy processing sector is on track to meet its Dairy Roadmap targets and processors will continue to make every effort to reach the next step."

*discharge of liquid waste from processing site

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Dairy UK Calls for Key Measures to Help Dairy Industry

Dairy UK today set out key measures that should be brought forward to alleviate the 'real crisis' facing the UK dairy industry.

Giving Evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee at Westminster, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Everyone in the industry is acutely aware of the situation farmers are in. It is a real crisis and it is one that is affecting processors too. Dairy UK is delighted that the EFRA committee chose to look at this topic again following its review at the end of last year. It highlights the importance that Government ministers place in helping the UK dairy industry in the short and long term and we thank the Chair Neil Parish MP for giving us the opportunity to give evidence.

"There are a number of measures that could help the situation and the raising of the intervention price is key. We were surprised and disappointed that a review of the intervention price was not supported yesterday by the European Commission but we believe this could make a significant difference in the short and medium term.

"We also urge government throughout the UK to do what it can to encourage the procurement of British dairy products by public bodies and organisations. If we can drive more demand here it could be a substantial market and could make a difference."

Dairy UK also told the committee that government assistance in arranging foreign trade visits to the UK should be stepped up as there is clearly room for improvement in the organisation of such visits.

Dr Bryans told the committee that Dairy UK's Farmers' Forum had conducted a survey of farmers to get their views on how dairy products could be better promoted.

"Dairy companies are spending around £150million on brand promotion but if we want to promote and protect the underlying integrity of British dairy products that requires promotional funding from other sources."

Speaking at the hearing, Dairy UK Policy and Sustainability Director, Peter Dawson said: "Defra should work closely with Dairy UK to access the increase in promotion funds announced as part of the Commission's support package. Every major manufacturer has an export strategy and the EU fund would act as a significant multiplier for industry promotion efforts."

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Dairy UK Statement on European Agriculture Council Meeting

Commenting on today's Agriculture Council meeting and the comprehensive support package announced by the EU Commission, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

"The Commission's announcement includes a number of positive steps to support the dairy industry. The measures focusing on trade and exports, promotion and volatility are very much in line with Dairy UK's key priorities and we are already actively involved in developing export markets, facilitating foreign inspection visits, exploring new tools to manage the impact of price volatility and promoting our great British dairy products.

"However, we are very disappointed by the Commission's stance on the review of the intervention price. Although we agree with and fully support a market-oriented industry, exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Increasing the intervention price would help stabilise the market and give the dairy industry a much-needed immediate relief."

Dr Bryans also addressed the announcement made by Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss earlier today.

"Going forward, it will be crucial for Defra to work with the whole dairy supply chain to achieve the goals set out by the Secretary of State today. The dairy industry from farm to fridge is affected by harsh market conditions and the situation will only improve thanks to productive collaboration throughout the supply chain.

"The Secretary of State needs to work with all parties and ensure that all sides of the dairy industry are given the right tools and support to be able to focus on solutions to this crisis".

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Dairy UK Launches Guidance on Injury Prevention

Dairy UK has published a report on how to prevent injuries in the workplace, which will be made available to all dairy processing sites.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than one third of injuries in the food and drink industry are due to slips and trips in the workplace. The report looks at how to prevent injuries dues to slips and trips in dairy sites.

The new guidance recommends that dairies carry out internal surveys and risk assessments to determine hazardous areas and levels of risk.

Andy Melachrino, Chair of Dairy UK's Occupational Health and Safety Committee, said: "This report is a welcome tool to help drive down injuries due to slips and trips across the sector, which still represent nearly 30% of all lost time injuries. Slips and trips which result in a fall, are by far the highest cause of major reportable injuries and can have serious, and often life changing, effects on people's lives.

"The guidance contains very practical tips and case studies to help review existing practices ways of working and will prove a valuable tool in any injury reduction strategy. We are now considering what we can do next to help promote these practical measures, so watch out for further developments."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The report we have published outlines some key factors and best practice to minimise the likelihood of slips in trips in the workplace. It is essential that our colleagues in the industry develop their own risk assessments to ensure the safety of their staff. I'm very grateful to the members of the Dairy UK Occupational Health & Safety Committee for their ongoing efforts to enhance the wellbeing of dairy staff."

The report is available for download here.

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