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02
April
2014

DAIRY INDUSTRY IMPROVES ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The UK dairy industry has shown a significant improvement in its energy efficiency performance.

Data collected by Dairy Energy Savings (DES), which runs the dairy sector Climate Change Agreement scheme (CCA), shows that between 2012 and 2013 the sector has improved its energy efficiency by 3%.

The data illustrates that total energy use across the sector has dropped by 4% alongside a 1% increase in throughput. Total energy efficiency was reported at under 274 KW/h/tonne compared with 282 KW/h in 2012. Total energy use dropped from nearly 134,000 KW/h in 2012 to 128,000 KW/h in 2013.

The data was measured across 59 separate dairy processing sites and included substantial reductions in consumption of oil, kerosene and natural gas.

DES Chairman Gerry Sweeney said:

“The CCA has been a great success and these results show yet again that the scheme continues to drive improvement in the dairy sector and that the industry continues to take its environmental responsibilities very seriously.

“The results are encouraging across the spectrum of energy usage and indicates that dairy companies are committed to sustainability in a pragmatic and purposeful way.”

18
March
2014

DAIRY UK WELCOMES STUDY ON SATURATED FATS

Welcoming the Cambridge National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre and British Heart Foundation study on saturated fats, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

“This meta-analysis confirms what many individual reviews and studies have shown over the last few years, namely that saturated fats present in nutrient-rich foods such as dairy products do not have a proven negative impact on health.

“Many efforts to reduce saturated fat intake, including government guidelines, fail to take into account the diversity of saturated fatty acids or their impact when combined with other nutrients such as calcium. We’ve known for years that saturated fats consumed on their own have a significantly different impact than saturated fats present in nutrient-rich foods. Focusing on non-nutrient rich foods would be a much more useful approach and I hope that the Department of Health will take note of the results and recommendations of this analysis to review their current guidelines.”

 

11
March
2014

DAIRY UK CALLS FOR GREATER CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT FOR CHEESE AND BRITISH DAIRY

London, 5th March 2014. Dairy UK has called for greater cross-party support for the British dairy industry.

Speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Cheese Group Reception in London on Wednesday, Dairy UK’s Chief Executive Judith Bryans said that information about dairy products is often misleading and ill-informed and urged MPs to support the cheese and dairy industry in a consistent way.

Dr Bryans said “The dairy industry takes the nutritional integrity, safety and environmental impact of its products very seriously. It strives and succeeds to push boundaries in innovation and it’s a confident and vibrant sector.

The mixed signals coming from Government departments lead to confusion and create uncertainty as to how the dairy sector should be developing new markets and promoting growth.

Dairy UK believe that asking the industry to grow on the one hand and knocking the nutritional benefits of much loved products like cheese and yogurt, with their age-old traditions in the UK, on the other, it sends mixed signals to the industry about Government support.

The dairy sector is therefore urging politicians and civil servants to voice their support for dairy and help educate consumers about the unique contribution that cheese and other dairy products make to health the economy and the environment.

Dr Bryans went on to say: “We have received overwhelming support from the British public for the Great British Food that is cheese.

“However more visibility and a stronger support is needed from our politicians for the dairy industry and showing how dairy makes a difference.”

Dr Bryans also revealed that Dairy UK will shortly be launching an initiative called Dairy Makes a Difference which aims to showcase different aspects of the dairy industry.

Dr Bryans went on to explain: "The Dairy Makes a Difference initiative aims to show the public how dairy provides them with a wide range of nutritious foods including milk, cheese and yogurt.”

She added: "Dairy makes a difference as a major industry employing around 25,000 thousand people in the processing and manufacturing sectors with many thousands more involved with dairy farming.

"Dairy makes a difference as an environmentally responsible industry which is committed to sustainability."

Dan Rogerson MP for North Cornwall added: “It has been a pleasure to serve as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese since it was established back in 2005 and I am delighted that my Liberal Democrat colleague Lord Jones of Cheltenham will be taking over as Chair.

“The group acts as an interface between Parliamentarians and the dairy sector, and makes sure that the Government continues to engage with famers, producers and the dairy industry on supporting the sector, promoting the nutritional importance of cheese, and on issues of public health.”

11
March
2014

DAIRY UK DEFENDS NUTRITIOUS BENEFITS OF CHEESE

Dairy UK said today that cheese is a key element of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.

Following publication of research in the US by a university suggesting that meat and cheese posed significant health risks to people over 50, Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: "Dairy products form an important part of a healthy and nutritious diet and lifestyle and this has been evidenced over the years by many thorough scientific studies.

"It is deeply regrettable that there is so much misleading information circulated on these matters which is not underpinned by consensus research. The US study was a single study and a very small sample size, and those who were in high protein groups were consuming twice the recommended intake of protein. In the UK, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey reports that people over the age of 50 only get 2.5% of their daily energy intake from dairy protein – a combination of milk, cheese and yogurt.

"Overconsumption of any nutrient is not recommended and the interests of consumers would be better served by a more balanced approach to research. We advocate that consumers enjoy a balanced diet."

11
March
2014

EVIDENCE TIMETABLE FOR VOLUNTARY CODE REVIEW

The review of the Dairy Industry Code of Best Practice on Contractual Relationships (Voluntary Code) is asking for evidence to be submitted before March 21.

Evidence from producers, dairy companies and other interested parties can be submitted in writing directly to the review chair at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via the NFU, NFUS or DairyUK.

Alex Fergusson, MSP, chairman of the review, said: “It is clear from preliminary discussions that the main participants in the supply chain have a sound appreciation of the issues and want to find solutions through a dynamic and efficient review process.

“The strengths and weaknesses of the raw milk market are well understood and the most important thing is for parties to set out what changes they would like to see. We look forward to receiving constructive contributions through the respectivechannels.”

If supplementary evidence is required, it will be requested by the review process.

The review is expected to be completed by the Spring.

04
February
2014

2014 A MILESTONE YEAR ON SUSTAINABILITY

Dairy UK said today the dairy industry will face a new raft of challenges on sustainability during 2014, which will have important ramifications for the supply chain.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “There are a number of reviews and initiatives that the industry will face during the course of the year and it is important we are ready to meet these challenges.

“The European-led review of Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREFs) may have a significant impact on costs and it is essential that the UK industry plays an active role in this process.

“Other reviews are taking place in Europe such as the Commission’s climate change and energy package and reform of the EU ETS. In the UK the industry will also be addressing how to refine and progress the Dairy Roadmap.

“All of these issues suggest it will be a milestone year for sustainability in the dairy sector. As such, Dairy UK will be dedicating additional resources to work in this area.”

Dairy UK Policy Director Peter Dawson’s portfolio is being extended to include sustainability and Dairy UK has appointed Jo Stewart as Environment Manager.

Jo has worked previously with the Climate Action Programme and Carbon Clear.

Mr Dawson said: “Sustainability remains at the heart of decision-makers’ agendas across Europe and it is essential that the UK industry’s interests are represented vigorously.”

30
January
2014

DAIRY UK WELCOMES EU COMMITMENT TO SCHOOL MILK AND URGES RETHINK ON YOGURT AND CHEESE

Dairy UK said today the dairy industry welcomed the EU’s new proposed school food scheme but the Commission had seriously misjudged the nutritional benefits of yogurt and cheese.

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: “We warmly welcome the EU’s continuing commitment to school milk which has been part of the fabric of Britain for generations.

“We also recognise the benefits of the new streamlined School Food Scheme which will include milk, fruit and vegetables. However, we strongly believe that the Commission has seriously misjudged the very substantial nutritional benefits that would be delivered to children by the inclusion of yogurt and cheese in the scheme.

“Although the Commission suggests that this can be addressed at member state level, we believe this omission is a real opportunity missed to give children on a Europe-wide basis the complete range of nutrients that dairy products provide. Milk, cheese and yogurts are all important parts of a healthy diet and parents, teachers and health professionals across the UK recognise this.

“Dairy UK will be raising the matter with DEFRA as soon as possible and will be working with our colleagues in Europe to address these issues before the proposal goes forward for approval.”

 

13
January
2014

DAIRY UK WELCOMES NEW SCOTTISH DAIRY REVIEW GROUP CHIEF

Dairy UK today welcomed the appointment of Paul Grant as chairman of the Scottish Dairy Review Group.

Speaking at the Semex conference in Glasgow, Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: “ The Scottish Dairy Review: “Ambition 2025” published last year confirmed that the industry, while doing well, has great opportunities for further growth, particularly in potentially ‘game changing’ export markets. Paul Grant will bring a fresh perspective to the Scottish Dairy Review Group and his export experience will be extremely valuable. Dairy UK and its members look forward to working with Paul to help maintain the momentum behind Ambition 2025.

13
January
2014

DAIRY UK URGES INDUSTRY TO SHOW ‘DAIRY MAKES A DIFFERENCE’

Dairy UK said today that 2014 will be a year during which it is vital the dairy industry stands up for itself and demonstrates ‘dairy makes a difference’. Speaking at the Semex Conference in Glasgow,

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: “Dairy has so much to be proud of and there is a need for the contribution of dairy products and the industry itself to be recognised and valued more widely. “

The British public’s love for dairy products and their significant nutritional benefits remain as strong as ever and there growing demand for dairy around the world.

“Government and decision-makers at all levels are assailed by those pursuing an anti-dairy agenda.

“It is up to us to remind, politicians, civil servants, health professionals and the public that dairy makes a difference in a very positive way.

“It is essential that the industry has to stand up for itself and work in a constructive and collaborative manner. It’s never been more important to do that.

“Dairy makes a difference, providing the public with a wide range of nutritious foods including milk, cheese and yogurt.

“Dairy makes a difference as a major industry employing around 25,000 thousand people with many thousands more involved with dairy farming.  

“Dairy makes a difference as an environmentally responsible industry which is committed to sustainability.” Dairy UK will urge politicians, health professionals, industry partners and the public to support the industry and will run a series of events and initiatives throughout the year.

Dr Bryans said: “The promotion and defence of dairy is at the heart of our organisation’s activities and we intend to work vigorously to extol the virtues of a great British industry which makes great British products.”

30
December
2013

DAIRY UK APPOINTS NEW COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Dairy UK announced today it has appointed Caroline Leroux to lead its communications team.

Caroline has significant international experience in the dairy industry, having worked in communications for both the International Dairy Federation in Brussels and Dairy Farmers of Canada in Ottawa.

Caroline joins Dairy UK as communications manager, following a stint as head of external relations with the British Poultry Council.

Born and raised in Lyon, France, Caroline holds a master’s degree in political science and communications from the Sorbonne University in Paris.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Dairy UK at such an important time for the dairy industry, both in the UK and internationally.

“I am passionate about dairy and it is vitally important for the industry to communicate widely and effectively about the substantial nutritional value of dairy products as well as the major contribution the industry makes in social, economic and environmental terms.

“Consumers love our products and the demand for dairy is growing all the time. It’s a great industry and in the UK we have so much to be proud of.”

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “Caroline is a tremendously able and enthusiastic advocate for dairy and her experience across the world will be a great asset to the UK dairy industry. Good communication to the public, government, decision-makers and the industry itself is at the heart of what Dairy UK does and Caroline will be instrumental in driving our communications efforts forward.”

29
November
2013

VOLUNTARY CODE OF PRACTICE REVIEW AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE AN ‘ENDURING INDUSTRY FRAMEWORK’

Dairy UK said today the review of the the 'Dairy Industry Code of Best Practice for Contractual Relations' should present an opportunity to create an enduring industry framework.

Billy Keane, chairman of Dairy UK, said: "The review will give the industry a chance to look closely at the voluntary code and identify the elements which have worked and those which can be refined and improved.

"It is an opportunity for everyone involved to assess their own positions but also the dairy industry landscape. Since the code was agreed last year there have been significant changes and, more importantly, there is likely to be further change in the future, particularly in relation to milk supply. The review will address that changing landscape.

"The board of Dairy UK has debated the issues that will arise during the review and the organisation is committed to playing and active and constructive role. The board takes the view that to create an enduring industry framework the code should serve interests across the supply chain and demonstrate fairness."

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: "The voluntary code was introduced to give dairy farmers confidence in their contractual arrangements and enable dairy farmers and processors to develop deeper relationships of trust and mutual understanding. Good progress has been made in that area.

"There is now, however, a growing recognition that when the code was agreed, the industry faced a situation where there was greater emphasis on contractual flexibility. While that remains important for everyone, there is a range of issues which a review of the code should address. It is right that these should be considered in the round."

ENDS

For further information, please contact Simon Bates, Communications Director at Dairy UK on: (0)20 7467 2648

Or

Ramsay Smith at Media House International on (0)20 7710 0020

22
November
2013

HAMPSHIRE MILKMAN WINS NATIONAL TITLE

milk&more milkman Kevin Dyer is celebrating today having been crowned Milkman of the Year 2013. The competition is a prestigious event in the industry’s calendar, run by Dairy UK and sponsored by Highland Spring.

Kevin (45), who had already earned the accolade of Southern Regional Milkman of the Year, was nominated by hundreds of his customers and presented with his award at a ceremony in London.

A milkman for 25 years, Kevin delivers to 800 customers in Hampshire. A typical day for Kevin would see him delivering his first pint at around midnight, and his last by 7:00 am. “It’s all about the service” said Kevin.

Football mad Kevin is a regular volunteer at Farnborough Football Club, where he is also the supporters’ representative on the Board.

The judges were particularly impressed with Kevin’s professional, business-like approach to his round and the way that he employs modern technology to communicate with his customers.

Dairy UK Communications Director Simon Bates said: “There can be nothing more quintessentially British than our milkmen. They are the custodians of our communities and the guardians of our gardens. They are well known for providing a lifeline for the elderly, the housebound and the vulnerable. But today’s milkman is also very much a 21st century service, delivering convenience and flexibility to meet modern consumer requirements. Kevin is the epitome of the modern milkman and thoroughly deserves this title”.

Commenting on his award, Kevin said: “I’m delighted for my customers that I have been made Milkman of the Year for 2013. They are the people who nominated me and they are the reason that I love the job I do.”

Cara Williams of competition sponsors Highland Spring added: “Kevin was a very worthy winner of this much coveted title. He is obviously an excellent milkman who provides an outstanding level of service to his customers.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Clare Ambrosino
Media House International Ltd
020 7710 0020
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Charlotte North
Haygarth
020 8971 3300
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07
November
2013

WRAP REPORT SHOWS FURTHER PROGRESS IN REDUCING THE UK DAIRY SECTOR’S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Commenting on the WRAP Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK 2012 Report published today, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans, said: “Milk and dairy products are some of the most commonly consumed foods. They can be found in 98% of homes. “It is therefore extremely significant that this new research demonstrates that, since 2007, the amount of milk and dairy products thrown away by consumers as avoidable food waste has fallen by 21%, mirroring the reduction seen in food and drink as a whole. This is good news for household budgets and good news for the environment.

“The UK dairy sector takes its responsibilities to the environment very seriously. We have been working hard to helping consumers to reduce food waste, through improvements in processing techniques, packing innovations and reviewing labelling on packs.

“We have also been extremely active at the farm and dairy level to reduce our impact on the environment. Through the Dairy Roadmap we have set the sector transparent and quantifiable targets for improvement. These are kept constantly under review and when they are achieved, challenging new targets are established. “This research illustrates some of the material progress that has been made thus far and the dairy industry will strive to ensure that progress is maintained.”

 

ENDS For further information, please contact Simon Bates at Dairy UK on 020 7467 2648 Or Clare Ambrosino at Media House International on 020 7710 0020

28
October
2013

DAIRY MUST STRIVE TO FIND OPPORTUNITES FROM ITS CHALLENGES

28th October 2013. The international dairy industry must strive to find opportunities in the challenges it faces on health to secure its position as a trusted and valued producer of nutritious foods.

Speaking at the World Dairy Summit in Yokohama, Japan, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “We can be proud that the nutritional value of our products has long been quite rightly recognised by their inclusion in dietary guidelines around the globe.

“But we must never sit back and assume that this situation will endure automatically. The dairy sector faces more threats to the nutritional image of its products than ever before. “In today’s world, rates of chronic disease are on the rise. At the same time the burden of malnutrition is increasing. Addressing these extremes is placing a huge burden on national healthcare systems as well as having a huge impact on the quality of life of those individuals who are affected.

“As a result regulators are looking for quick simple ways to meet public health targets. All too often this results in over simplistic messaging and initiatives based on single nutrients and in some cases, the use of outdated science by both public health authorities and NGOs.

“This over emphasis on single nutrients fails to recognise that people eat foods and that they eat these foods as part of a dietary pattern - and this presents the dairy industry not with problems but with opportunities.

“We must take the opportunity to promote our credentials as a nutrient rich food integral to a sustainable diet. We have the opportunity to innovate for health and develop products which address the specific needs of different age groups. All of this must be based on strong scientific evidence.

“The International Dairy Federation has a big part to play in helping the dairy industry ensure that it is at the forefront of developing and sharing the latest scientific information on dairy related nutrition, disseminating information and engaging in active advocacy.”

24
October
2013

DAIRY UK HIGHLIGHTS ‘CRUCIAL ISSUE’ OF PUBLIC HEALTH

24 October 2013

Dairy UK said today the ‘crucial’ issue of public health is set to become of paramount importance for the dairy industry both in UK and internationally.

Speaking to prominent figures at the International Dairy Federation in Japan ahead of next week’s World Dairy Summit, Dr Judith Bryans, recently appointed chief executive of Dairy UK, said: “ The dairy industry has so much to be proud of but it is imperative that we stay ahead of the game particularly on issues that will present increasing challenges to the industry".

"In this context, the issues of public health, sustainable diets and food security will become more prominent on the world dairy stage and it is incumbent on the dairy industries in their respective countries to work progressively with all levels of government to ensure a regulatory and legislative level playing field.”

"In the UK this will become an increasingly important part of Dairy UK’s work. Dairy farmers and processors provide the consumer with much loved, safe and nutritious foods which we must ensure remain an integral part of the UK diet.”

“We already enjoy enormous support from the public. In the UK we are in 98% of households and we are major employer.”

“However, we must strive to ensure the public's continued support and a major aspect of that is to ensure they have confidence in dairy products and that these products have a major role to play in a healthy balanced diet.”

“There are far too many scare stories bandied about irresponsibly about dairy and we in the industry have a duty to ensure that consumers can make informed choices based on accurate information.”

“Of course there must be robust legislation and regulation of our industry but all too often we see regulators and opinion formers base their policies on outdated and emotive information without scrutiny.”

“We would like to see more enthusiastic support from Governments for our products and the role they play in the nation's diet as well as for the industry and the very significant contribution it makes.”

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