20
December
2016

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

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

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

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

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

Some top cheese and whisky pairings include:

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

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

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

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

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

Categories: 2016

15
December
2016

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

DAIRY APPG LOOKING AT SKILLS & LABOUR IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY


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

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

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

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

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

The APPG is looking for evidence for the following sections:

Skills in the dairy industry

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

Government role

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

Brexit challenges & opportunities

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

Going further

  • Education: focus on consumers & the media.

Case studies / profiles

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

Categories: 2016

14
December
2016

New IDF President Sets Out Priorities for 2017

A few weeks after her election as President of the International Dairy Federation, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans answered a few questions about her vision for IDF in the IDF Newsbrief.


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When did you join the dairy industry?
I joined the dairy industry in 2004. I have a scientific background with a PhD in nutrition. My first role in the dairy industry was as a nutrition scientist for The Dairy Council, a science based organization with activities which cover academia and consumers. After a year, I became the Director of that organization.

Over the years, my interests and experiences broadened and in 2013 I became the Chief Executive of Dairy UK, a trade association representing the UK supply chain on public health, technical issues relating to supply chain integrity, environmental and sustainability issues, health and safety, agricultural issues which affect the supply chain (MAP, Johne's disease, antibiotics etc.) and policy.

Why did you choose dairy?
I wanted to move from academia to industry but I didn't want any old job for any old sector. I wanted to be able to talk about products I could be proud of, believe in and speak honestly about from a nutritional perspective. Dairy was the perfect fit.

If you didn't work in the dairy industry, what other sector would you have chosen?
That's a tricky question and I'm not sure I know the answer! As an Irish person I'm tempted to say potatoes just for a laugh but that would be just be a cheeky answer because in truth I don't know.

You've been involved in IDF activities since 2005. What's your best memory so far?
My best memory has got to be the moment Jeremy announced that the GA have voted me in as the new president. I mean – wow – that was amazing. For my colleagues in the IDF community around the world to put their trust in me to take forward an organization I truly believe in, is something that I can't even put into words.

Having said that, I have many great memories of IDF. My first IDF Summit was Vancouver and I remember sitting in the SCNH meeting and that was the first time I felt the camaraderie and friendship of the IDF experts and staff. I recognized the benefit and importance of having a strong global network all working for the same goal and having the ability to have a consensus. Let's be honest, it's not always easy to get consensus but when you can, it's a powerful thing.

And of course there are many, many more memories. Ones that have a much lighter and more fun note to them.

Why did you decide to run for IDF President?
Running for IDF President was not a decision I took lightly. I have been involved with IDF at every level, from member and Chair of the Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health to member of the Science Programme Coordination Committee and the Board.

Over the years, I saw the huge amount of good the organization has been engaged in, work that is essential for the sector. Work that IDF sometime the members don't even know about or that IDF is not recognized for. You will no doubt have heard many people say that if IDF didn't exist we'd have to invent it. Those are not just words for me, I firmly believe it. I knew IDF's potential, I knew what the organization can do for and on behalf of its members and I wanted to make sure we delivered. I decided to run for IDF President because I strongly believe in its vision and I wanted to help IDF reach its goals and speak in a clear, united voice.

What do you see as the biggest challenge for IDF?
The world is changing at an astonishing pace and if we want to ensure a role for dairy, we need to keep up. Think about how far we've gone in the last 70 years. In 1950, nobody used the word globalization. Sustainability and environmental issues were nowhere to be found on the agenda. Plant-based products were not an issue and dairy was an obvious choice. Consumers didn't interact with the media, they consumed messages.

Today, everything has changed. Globalization and sustainability are the new normal. Plant-based products have become serious – and often aggressive – competition. The way consumers perceive messages has gone through a profound evolution; the 21st century consumer engages, interacts and expects more and more from the media. Governments and intergovernmental organizations are lobbied heavily by consumer groups and activist groups who very often use emotive arguments and are not fact based.

We operate in a new environment which evolves constantly. Whether we are talking about the benefits of dairy from a nutritional, environmental or economic perspective we need to adapt so that our messages are fact based but told in a way that people can understand and want to engage with. Antimicrobial resistance, environmental issues, the march of the plant based product, animal welfare, maintaining our standards, demonstrating the role for our products in the diets of existing and future consumers to intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders, will all be challenges. And although we have some work to do, we have a good story. That means using IDF resources and expertise to help make our industry more modern, more responsive and ready to seize opportunities.

Why should a country join IDF?
There are many reasons for countries to join IDF. First of all, IDF provides the global expertise to represent the industry on a range of issues. If you don't have a seat at the IDF table, you don't have input into decisions which may affect you further down the line.

Every national dairy industry has potential reputational issues around food safety, standards, health and the integrity of production and processing methods. Through IDF, we can help countries share their successes but also their mistakes so other can learn from these experiences, creating their own successes and avoiding some mistakes. Additionally, emerging dairy markets will face issues developed markets have had to deal with before. And, developed markets can learn from innovative practices in new markets. We need each other and IDF can facilitate dialogues and foster cooperation throughout its membership.

We also have an essential role to play to defend the industry. I'm a scientist by trade and nothing angers me more than baseless claims or spurious arguments. That is why IDF's role is so important when working with international organizations. The science underpinning the dairy industry is formidable and by pulling our resources together, we can make a real difference.

We live in a world of perpetual noise with new conflicting and confusing messages sprouting every day and it is increasingly difficult to make ourselves heard. That's why I want IDF to be a repository of knowledge and a conduit between the global dairy sector and our key partners. We are here to articulate a message and work constructively with international organizations as their trusted partner.

The networking opportunities that IDF offers are second to none.

What's the industry biggest strength?

Dairy's credentials are unique. Dairy products are nutritious, wholesome and sustainable and the industry provides livelihoods to 1 billion people across the world. It's an industry that creates, innovates and always strives to do better. Not to mention that dairy products come in so many tastes, textures and flavours!

Where we have weaknesses, we recognize them and work towards improvement. Our biggest strength is that we have a million strengths so let's shout it from a mountaintop.

14
December
2016

The Dairy Council | Ash Amirahmadi Takes the Lead at The Dairy Council

Ash Amirahmadi, senior vice president of sales at Arla UK, has been elected chairman of The Dairy Council.

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He succeeds Mr Sandy Wilkie of Müller Milk and Ingredients whose dedication to The Dairy Council over the seven years he led the organisation was recognised by the whole industry.Mr Amirahmadi is a highly-respected industry figure in the UK and internationally.

Ash Amirahmadi said today: "It is a privilege to take on the role of chairman of this organisation which has a proud record in communicating the many benefits of dairy.

"Milk and dairy play such an important role in the British diet – not only are they some of the most nutritious foods on the supermarket shelves, but they also continue to be one of the most popular.

"Dairy plays a crucial part in nutrition at all stages of life, however we are confronted all too often with negative and ill-informed criticism of dairy. It is therefore crucial that we at The Dairy Council continue to use our voice to demonstrate the outstanding nutritional contribution of dairy in leading a healthy lifestyle."

Ash joined Arla's UK business in 2004 and worked in commercial roles before joining the leadership team in 2010 where he was responsible for the company's relationship with farmers and helped to build Arla's corporate reputation. After a brief period as marketing director, Ash has now taken responsibility for growing Arla's business with UK customers.

23
November
2016

The Dairy Council | The Dairy Council Sets the Record Straight on Dairy Myths

With their unique nutrient profile and matrix, milk and dairy foods may play a neutral or protective role in long-term heart health, The Dairy Council said today.

2015 Dairy CouncilThe nutritional value of milk and dairy foods continue to be misunderstood and are often targeted in saturated fat reduction campaigns; however, multiple recent studies have shown that milk and dairy foods have neutral, and in some cases protective, associations with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Speaking at Food Matters Live, Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, told delegates that the nutrient array and matrix of dairy is key to understanding dairy's relationship with certain long term health conditions.

Dr Anne Mullen said: "It is often thought that milk and dairy can play a part in developing health problems such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes due to its saturated fat content – but recent studies have shown that isn't the case.

"Saturated fat is actually an umbrella term to describe a family of individual saturated fatty acids and research has shown that these saturated fats behave differently in the body. When we appreciate their true complexity, a different picture emerges with regards to dairy.

"There are two saturated fatty acids found in dairy foods that are believed to be inversely associated with risk in developing type 2 diabetes, in addition to nutrients such as calcium and bioactive peptides which may also play a positive role in heart health. There is also recent research coming out that shows yogurt may actually have a protective effect in the development of type 2 diabetes.

"The reality is that the sheer complexity of saturated fat means that it is often misunderstood when assessing its impact on long term health and current public health guidelines, which looks at single nutrients as opposed to whole foods, have overlooked this.

"As the research field develops, it is important we communicate our knowledge with the public and health professionals. The continued misunderstanding of saturated fat sends a negative, and nutritionally incorrect, message about dairy and it's about time we debunked those myths."

Lydia Cooper, Nutrition Scientist at The Dairy Council, will also be speaking throughout the afternoon to discuss the relationship between milk and sports recovery. Research in the field has shown that milk can support an athlete's recovery through aiding rehydration, muscle repair and replenishing glycogen stores.

Lydia Cooper added: "Milk contains many of the nutrients needed for the body to adequately recover post-exercise. Studies have shown that milk may be more effective than sports drinks when it comes to rehydration. Milk has also been shown to help reduce muscle soreness following bouts of strenuous exercise."

Food Matters Live is the UK's largest cross-sector event that brings together the food and drink industry with nutrition and health professionals to address the relationship between food, health and nutrition. The event is being held at the Excel in London.

16
November
2016

Key Decision Makers Discuss the Future of Dairy Exports

The UK dairy industry is ready to fully exploit dairy trade opportunities across the globe and strengthen its position as a global dairy player, said Dairy UK today.

Speaking at a breakfast seminar with leading politicians, including International Trade Minister Mark Garnier MP, Dairy UK outlined the sector's potential for global growth and the potential consequences of the Brexit negotiations, stressing that exports are a crucial part of developing and strengthening the dairy industry.

Dairy UK set out its vision for the industry in a briefing document for MPs, which demonstrated that the industry's path to global success relies on:

  • Maintaining uninterrupted access to the EU market;
  • Protecting existing trade agreements;
  • Developing new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs);
  • Avoiding border issues on the island of Ireland;
  • Working with Defra for optimal results on health certificates, inspection visits and promotion of the UK brand.

641f8a6b-3f5a-447c-8fa7-8d557d73cb67Whilst exiting the European Union will have a profound effect on the industry, taking the correct steps could help the industry become more resilient, competitive and profitable.

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Efra Select Committee, said: "The Brexit referendum set the country on an unexpected course. The negotiations with the European Union will be complex, however food and drink exports are a crucial part of our economy and we must make sure the Government uses all of its resources to promote and boost trade.

"As a life-long champion of the UK dairy industry, I am anxious to protect its interests. The food and farming sector must make itself heard and I welcome Dairy UK's initiative to showcase the industry's achievements in dairy exports and to highlight what we can and must do to support it in the coming years."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "As part of a billion strong global dairy community working together on nutrition, standards and sustainability, the UK dairy industry provides consumers worldwide with the foods and ingredients they want and love in a way that protects our planet for future generations.

"Dairy UK has a very diverse membership, with some companies focusing on developing the domestic market and some focusing on expanding their presence abroad. For those looking to access new foreign markets, collaborative work with the Government is key.

"In January 2016, Dairy UK published an Export Strategy which identified a comprehensive list of steps which could help foster growth and boost our industry's competitiveness in the international market place. With global demand for dairy expected to grow by around 2% per annum over the next 10 years, the UK has a unique opportunity to step up, unlock new markets and increase dairy exports across the globe.

"In spite of the uncertainty created by the Brexit negotiations, the UK dairy industry is ready to rise up to the challenge and strengthen its position as a global dairy player."

Guests at the breakfast included Mark Garnier MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International of Trade), Neil Parish (Chair of the Efra Select Committee), Heather Wheeler MP, Sheryll Murray MP, Margaret Ritchie MP, Simon Hoare MP, David Simpson MP, Jonathan Edwards MP, Tom Elliott MP, Dr Paul Monaghan MP and Rebecca Pow MP.

Click here to access the 'Brexit and the future of dairy exports' document.

17
October
2016

Dairy UK Boss to Lead International Dairy Federation

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, was elected President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) yesterday at the World Dairy Summit held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dr Bryans takes over from Dr Jeremy Hill of New Zealand who was elected at the 2012 World Dairy Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. In her new role, Dr Bryans will steer the work of IDF with the support of the IDF Board, the Science Programme Coordination Committee (SPCC), the IDF Head Office and IDF National Committees. She has been involved with IDF at all levels since 2005 and is a well-known figure in the IDF community.

Speaking after her election at the IDF Annual General Meeting, Dr Bryans said: "I am honoured and deeply grateful for the trust the IDF community has put in me to lead the organisation for the next four years. Jeremy has done a wonderful job over the last four years and we owe him our thanks for his dedication and the myriad of ways in which he's strengthened the organisation in his time as President.

"IDF is involved in every aspect of the dairy supply chain and is a trusted and respected partner for many international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Codex Alimentarius. With the support of the Board and the SPPC, I will work hard to strengthen our existing relationships and reach out to new global partners.

"The work of IDF is essential in creating a positive future for the dairy industry. It has a unique structure and shows what can be accomplished through global cooperation. With an unrivalled network of experts, we can pool our resources and expertise together to ensure the role of dairy is recognised properly at every level. We want to secure a positive and sustainable future for the dairy industry across the world and build on previous successes to put dairy front and centre in the global debate."

Dr Hill will hand over the IDF presidency to Dr Bryans at the World Dairy Summit on Wednesday 19th October.

14
October
2016

Dairy Exports a Huge Opportunity for the Industry, Says Dairy UK

Dairy exports have a key role to play to boost the industry and foster growth, said Dairy UK to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom, yesterday.

The Secretary of State joined the Dairy UK Exporters' Group as a special guest at a meeting hosted by AHDB Dairy, to discuss the Government's export plan for food and drink. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss current and upcoming challenges linked to the Brexit negotiations and to reiterate Dairy UK's priorities in terms of trade and dairy exports.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The industry has been working hard to develop dairy exports and unlock new opportunities with countries around the world. The strategy we published earlier this year set out the necessary next steps to help the UK dairy industry take its proper place on the global market and we have already made significant progress working with Defra.

"However, with 80% of our dairy exports going to EU countries, it is absolutely vital that we should maintain our access to the EU market without any tariff or non-tariff barriers. The Government needs to maintain continuity and avoid any disruptions to existing trade partnerships.

"If we want to remain competitive, we need a level playing field with our European and global partners. When looking at food and drink regulations, the Government must make sure it does not inadvertently create non-tariff barriers which would hinder dairy companies' ability to export their products across the world. We need food and drink regulations on par with our competitors so we can strengthen our position in the global market."

Peter Dawson, Chair of the Dairy UK Exporters' Group, said: "The meeting was very positive with constructive discussions with the Secretary of State. We are confident that she fully appreciates our main points of concern and that she shares our enthusiasm and commitment to expanding dairy exports."

03
October
2016

Dairy UK Tackles Antibiotics Use with New Training Programmes

Dairy UK has launched a package of new measures for the dairy industry as part as of its ongoing commitment to the prudent use of antibiotics and to delivering safe and wholesome dairy products to consumers across the UK.

The package features three projects, including the brand new 'MilkSure' training programme for dairy farmers. Developed in conjunction with the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), MilkSure is a comprehensive programme covering all technical and practical factors relevant to the use of antibiotics on dairy farms which aims to safeguard residue free milk. To ensure maximum impact, vets will take the lead in working through the training programme with farmers.

The second major component of the package is a revamped teat sealant training programme, initially undertaken in 2012. Participating milk purchasers will invite their supplying farmers to receive refresher training from their vet on the correct infusion and removal of teat sealant. The programme will help to protect product quality and reinforce the industry's evolution towards selective dry cow therapy.

Unveiling the initiative, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said:

"The UK dairy industry has always operated to the highest standards of animal health and food safety, advocating a responsible and prudent use of antibiotics. However, we cannot be complacent and, as antimicrobial resistance becomes a growing concern, we want to take industry standards even further and raise the bar for good practice on farm.

"In conjunction with our industry partners, we have put together a package of measures to improve the approach to the use of antibiotics on farm and reduce potential residues in raw milk. This will give consumers and customers even greater confidence that British milk is a pure and wholesome food.

"We strongly believe that a more informed use of antibiotics will lead to a reduced use. These new measures are designed to get vets, farmers and milk purchasers working together for optimal results. Only by drawing upon all elements of the supply chain can we move forward and I would urge all parties to take advantage of these initiatives.

"I would like to thank all organisations that have contributed to the development of the package, including milk purchasers, the BCVA, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) and animal health companies."

Owen Atkinson, MilkSure project leader, said: "Cattle vets welcome the opportunity to work closely with others in the dairy supply chain to ensure the milk we produce in the UK is of the highest standard. MilkSure training and accreditation will benefit farmers and consumers, ensuring that veterinary medicine use in dairy cows is both efficient and safe."

Tim Hampton, Chair of Dairy UK's Antibiotics Working Group and Arla Foods representative said: "As co-sponsor, Arla strongly supports this initiative and we are exploring ways to maximise engagement of farmers in this programme."

Speaking on behalf of Muller Milk & Ingredients, Matthew Curry, agriculture manager said: "We have sponsored this initiative as we believe training on antibiotic protocols, in conjunction with the farmer's vet is key to ensuring our suppliers meet the rising expectations for product safety and quality. We will be encouraging our supplying farmers to participate in MilkSure."

Speaking on behalf of Dairy Crest, Gary Carcary said: "Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to global health today. Dairy Crest is delighted to be a partner in this important training initiative with the aim of progressing best practice at farm level."

RUMA Secretary General, John FitzGerald, said: "RUMA encourages training in the responsible use of medicines and was pleased to support the development of the MilkSure initiative which will help UK dairy farmers to continue providing safe, wholesome milk from their farms."

Speaking on behalf of MilkSure sponsors, Zoetis, Technical vet Judith Roberts said: "'We are delighted to be sponsoring such an excellent initiative at an important time within the dairy industry. As a pharmaceutical company we want to ensure that our products are used correctly and appropriately and as such this initiative is vital to help train farmers and provide access to information and resources that enable them to understand and carry this out using the medicines that their animals need."

Details on the measures are available at www.dairyuk.org/tackling-antibiotics.

27
September
2016

The Dairy Council | It's Time to Get Shaking for Milk!

Learning good lifestyle habits, such as being active and eating the right types and amounts of food and drink is key to helping children maintain a healthy weight throughout their life.

2015 Dairy CouncilFor World School Milk Day 2016, The Dairy Council is calling on primary schools across the country to join them for a dance to celebrate the white stuff on Wednesday 28th September. As part of a nationwide competition, teachers are encouraged to tweet a video of their class moving and shaking in celebration of milk. The Dairy Council will award their favourite videos with prizes for their efforts.

Schools can also get involved in the milk celebrations by designing a backdrop for the video or a display for the classroom wall. Other activities include downloading a presentation from The Dairy Council's website to teach the class about the benefits of milk; holding a pop quiz or other competitions in class; or making milkshakes.

Primary school children need lots of nutrients and energy from their food for growth and development, and their requirements are proportionally higher in relation to their body size than adults.

Milk and dairy foods provide calcium and protein for growing bodies and help to protect teeth against dental cavities. A small carton of semi-skimmed milk can provide 42-52% of 4-10 year olds recommended daily intake for calcium and 24-35% of their recommended protein intake.

Another important but less known nutrient, iodine, is found in significant amounts in milk. It is needed for growth and brain development in children and a glass of milk provides about 52-57% of their recommended intake.

Erica Hocking, Senior Nutritionist at The Dairy Council, said: "At primary school age, it is essential that children have a healthy, balanced diet and get plenty of physical activity to help them maintain a healthy weight as they get older.

"Research shows that milk consumption may have a beneficial effect on growth and body weight. Schools have a key role to play there and should try to encourage children to replace sugary drinks with milk or water.

"This year, we are asking schools to get moving and shaking in celebration of all things milk. Just tweet us footage of your class strutting their stuff for World School Milk Day and you will be in with the chance of winning some milk shakers for the entire dance troop. We have even created a dance tutorial video which is available on our website and YouTube channel to inspire teachers to get moving – check it out. We can't wait to see all of the videos."


How to enter the competition

  1. Film your class dancing in celebration of World School Milk Day 2016.
  2. Tweet your video with the hashtags #WSMD16 & #MilkShakeMoves during the competition period.
  3. Winners will be chosen at random.
  4. Information about the competition is available at www.milk.co.uk/consumers/page.aspx?intPageID=1086.
22
September
2016

Doorstep Awards Recognise Milk Champions

Milk and dairy enthusiasts, Charlie Thomas and Roseanne McEwan, have won the 'Milkman of the Year' and the 'Marketing & Promotion Award' respectively, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the UK dairy industry.

DoorstepAwardsThe much-coveted awards were announced during a festive evening at Haydock Park, Merseyside, for the Dairy UK Doorstep Conference which saw representatives from across the industry come together to celebrate the great tradition of doorstep delivery.

Charlie Thomas, aged 24, was nominated by his Creamline customers and judged by a panel from Dairy UK. The award, sponsored by Delamere Dairy, showcases the very best in the industry, and provides a great opportunity to remind the public of the heritage of the milkman and how they are a unique part of British culture. Come rain or shine, Creamline milkman Charlie Thomas has delivered hundreds of pints of milk a week to his customers in Sale & Trafford.

Charlie said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the title. I would like to thank all who have nominated me and thank them for their support. There's no other job quite like it. I know my area like the back of my hand and it's always good to see familiar faces on my route. The community I know and work with are what get me out there – it's great that I have a job that means I'm so directly connected with my customers. I started to accompany my father on his milk rounds when I was 8 years old – and I learnt that a milkman must be punctual, have an eye for detail, and no matter the weather, smile."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Charlie is what doorstep delivery is all about. His customers are his friends and he always goes that extra mile to provide them with great products and service. He relishes the community spirit and provides trustworthy doorstep delivery service that many of our customers, especially the housebound, rely on."

The second winner of the evening, Roseanne McEwan, Brand Development Manager at Cotteswold Dairy, joined in 2015 and has used initiative to create a brand identity which has made a real impact on the business.

Roseanne said: "I am over the moon to receive this award and thank you for this recognition. I came into my role with no previous experience in brand development and marketing, but I have really enjoyed the creative process of developing a brand identity and creating a whole branding package for a product that I truly believe in."

Dr Judith Bryans added: "Roseanne is creative, positive and a real driving force when it comes to marketing. She has thrown herself into her role and created a strong brand identity for her company that she should be proud of."

Nigel Byham, Dairy UK Board member and Director of Byham's Dairy, said: "Charlie and Roseanne are great ambassadors for our industry – they demonstrate an unwavering passion and enthusiasm for their jobs and I would like to congratulate them both."

Steven O'Connor, National Account Manager at Delamere Dairy, said: "We are delighted to sponsor the awards this year – both of which recognise the outstanding contribution that people across the industry have made. Doorstep delivery plays such a crucial role in our local communities and creative marketing initiatives are an important way of setting out a successful vision for the future."

The runner up for Milkman of the Year 2016 was Fred Tandy from Cotteswold Dairy, and runner up for the Marketing & Promotion award was Steve Neary, General Sales Manager from Creamline Dairies.

21
September
2016

Dairy Industry Celebrates the Doorstep Sector

The dairy industry has come together today to celebrate the great British tradition of doorstep delivery.

There are few things more quintessentially British than our milkmen and women. Although their job is to deliver the daily pinta, they are well known for providing a lifeline for the elderly, the housebound and the vulnerable and regularly go beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of our neighbourhoods.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Although the market has changed over the years, milkmen and women across the country are still considered to be cornerstones of their local communities. Dairy UK is delighted to have brought back the Doorstep Conference – today has given us a platform to discuss many important areas in our industry. I would like to thank all of our speakers who have shared their insights and expertise with us this afternoon.

"The British public's love for dairy products is as strong as ever. Dairy has so much to be proud of and through working together and effective communication our industry can make a difference in a very positive way."

Throughout the afternoon, speakers from across the dairy industry addressed a number of topics. The session began with a look at how to promote the health benefits of dairy and also addressed the growing importance of digital communications and increasing online visibility.

Lydia Cooper, Nutrition Scientist at The Dairy Council, said: "Milk and dairy products provide an array of nutrients to the UK diet. In a time when the media sends mixed messages about milk and dairy, it has never been more important to showcase the nutritional value of these versatile and affordable products to the general public."

Roseanne McEwan, Brand Development Manager at Cotteswold Dairy, added: "Regardless of our thoughts on social media, it's here to stay and we need to embrace the change and become part of it. When social media is used in the right way, it provides a human face to businesses and builds an audience which enables greater connections and relationships. It is also highly targeted which helps lead to direct sales and get your name out there and known."

Delegates also listened to talks on business development, particularly on how marketing and promotion can increase customer numbers, as well as how to tackle the challenges surrounding health and safety.

Nicki Hargreaves, HR & HS Manager at Creamline Dairies, said: "Health and Safety is often a dreaded topic within the world of work, but it shouldn't be. The new sentencing guidelines provide simple steps for small companies and milkmen to ensure they are covered and their team are safe at work."

Arthur Dunne, Managing Director at Pensworth Dairies, added: "Pensworth fully supports the Dairy UK Doorstep Event. It's an opportunity to contribute and review best practices with other dairy companies and learn from this. The doorstep business for Pensworth provides a valuable home delivery service to our customers. It maintains and creates job opportunities, as well as supporting the cost infrastructure of the dairy."

The event, which took place at Haydock Park, Merseyside, was open to all BMB, wholesalers, processors and suppliers. Sponsors included Pensworth Dairies, Delamere Dairy, Wenlock Spring, and DairyData.

19
August
2016

New Resources for Dairy UK's Trolley Team

Trolley Team has launched new resources to increase its visibility and help the industry save up to £1.45 million per year.

trolley team coverTrolley Team works in partnership with organisations that help reduce losses by recovering missing equipment and preventing further theft and misappropriation.

In a positive step for the industry, today the Trolley Team has launched a new website, brochure, and identification booklet to encourage members to pull their resources together to provide an efficient and effective cost-saving service.

Trolley Team keeps track of any trolley theft or misappropriation and identifies offenders of milk trolley misuse. If offenders choose not to comply, Trolley Team and its partners have the authority to issue fines on-the-spot to perpetrators and take legal action if required.

The Team covers 140,000 miles counting 315,000 trolleys each year. Activities include inspections at member and non-member processing sites, distribution depots, bottle milk buyers, airports, exhibition centres, shopping centres and metal recycling centres.

Ian Singleton, Chairman of Trolley Team, said: "Trolley Team is a unique cost-saving initiative and an excellent example of industry collaboration. By recovering missing company property and returning trolleys to their rightful owners, we have been able to save the industry £1.45 million per year.

"The new website provides practical advice on how to identify and report missing trolleys and new brochures to spread the word about the team's activities and goals."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "Since its creation fourteen years ago, over £75 million worth of assets have been returned to members. Our new resources will give more visibility to an already extremely productive initiative. Today marks a positive step for the UK dairy industry – this scheme is simple, yet effective and must be showcased properly."

All resources, including the 2016 Brochure and the Identification Booklet, can be downloaded from the Trolley Team website at www.trolleyteam.co.uk/resources. Hard copies are also available for members.

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August
2016

Dairy UK Statement on Childhood Obesity Strategy

Commenting on the Childhood Obesity Strategy published today, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

"It is a shame to see yogurt portrayed in a negative light again. According to National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) data used by both the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Public Health England itself in its call for evidence, the category including yogurt, fromage frais and dairy desserts only accounts for 6% of added sugar intake for children aged 4 to 10, against 14% for sugar and chocolate confectionery and 9% for cakes and pastries. Yet this strategy brings yogurt to the fore when it should be at the bottom of list. Yogurt is a nutrient-rich food and contains many other nutrients, not just sugar.

"The dairy industry is a responsible industry whose number one priority is to deliver wholesome and nutritious foods to consumers and has already taken significant steps over the years to meet consumer expectations through reformulation. We will seek urgent clarification on whether these new reformulation targets will apply to imported products as well as domestic products. The question of whether consumers are willing to accept changes in the taste of their favourite products is an important factor when reformulating food products. We need a level playing field for both domestic and imported products lest consumers abandon domestic products in favour of imported products, which would defeat the purpose of the strategy and penalise the UK industry.

"Nutrition policies which target individual nutrients do not always provide a balanced view of foods. We need to look at the big picture when it comes to nutrition policies and finally start looking at dietary patterns as a whole."


National Diet & Nutrition Survey | Added sugar intake from food groups

Age 4-10
Confectionery (sugar + chocolate) 14%
Cakes & morning goods: 9%
Breakfast cereals: 8%
Biscuits 8%
Sweet spreads: 7%
Yogurts: 6%
Puddings: 3%
Ice cream: 4%

Age 11-18
Confectionery (sugar + chocolate) 13%
Sweet spreads: 8%
Biscuits 7%
Cakes & morning goods: 6%
Breakfast cereals: 6%
Ice cream: 3%
Yogurts: 3%
Puddings: 2%

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