Dairy UK, the representative body of the UK dairy industry, today published its “White Paper” report for 2017, outlining opportunities and challenges - including Brexit and consumer confidence in dairy foods.
Public Health England’s (PHE) launch of the new Eatwell Guide, which promotes more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and almost halves the amount of dairy in the diet, has drawn ire from various industry sources.
While the GDT (Global Dairy Trade) price index was up this week, UK milk prices were cut again. In response to the calls for action, a UK government committee report has acknowledged the threat to farmers.
Dairy UK has urged the European Dairy Association (EDA) to brush aside logistical concerns regarding the proposed adoption of origin labelling for dairy products, and instead focus on consumer preference.
Recent investment in, and efficiency efforts by the British dairy industry demonstrates that there is “great confidence” in the future global success of the sector, departing Dairy UK director general, Jim Begg, has claimed.
The UK Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on the proposed implementation of rules that would allow English dairy farmers to form Producer Organisations (POs).
UK trade body Dairy UK has called on the nation’s government to do more to communicate the positive health benefits of dairy products, and warns that the current focus on reformulation risks ‘putting many consumers off eating dairy foods’.