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Dairy industry pushing forward to commercialise science and drive innovation

The dairy industry is at the vanguard of commercialising research and development initiatives that will drive innovation, delegates at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit in Belfast were told.

In a session chaired by Dr Jeremy Hill, Chief Science and Technology Officer of Fonterra, experts in the field of research and development in the dairy sector provided insight into how scientific breakthroughs will drive innovation and help define the industry’s vision for the future.

Dr Margrethe Jonkman, Corporate Director of Research and Development at FrieslandCampina, said: “Innovation is fundamental to the ongoing success of our industry and ensuring that dairy remains relevant in the long term. The current focus on sustainability must continue if the sector is to reduce its environmental footprint. More than ever, it is vitally important that innovation adds value not only to the producer but also to the consumer.”

Dairy Sector Continues To Grow Emerging Market Footprint

Dairy industry leaders at the World Dairy Summit in Belfast highlighted the continued impressive growth of the dairy sector in emerging markets across the world.

Speaking at the Summit in Belfast, industry leaders provided a clear indication that the future for dairy is bright in emerging markets, particularly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The economic dynamism of East Asia continues to present an enormous growth opportunity for the global dairy sector.

Michael Hanley, Group Chief Executive, Lakeland Dairies – which operate both sides of the Irish border – said: “A substantial proportion of our revenues are generated from exports with over 200 of our products being exported to over 80 countries. A host of opportunities exist for dairy businesses in global emerging markets.”

“By 2050, three out of four people will either live in Africa of Asia. It is vital for dairy businesses in developed markets to invest time and resources in building a presence to ensure dairy remains an integral part of consumers’ diets in these markets.”

Arla at the IDF World Dairy Summit on Brexit

Tomas_PietrangeliAt the IDF World Dairy Summit taking place in Belfast this week, Tomas Pietrangeli, Managing Director of Arla Foods UK has spoken on the opportunities and challenges posed by Brexit to the UK dairy industry.

In a speech given to the global dairy community Pietrangeli said. “The farmers that own Arla and the dairy industry as a whole need to know urgently what the government plans look like for the future of food and farming. That means the early publication of a new agriculture policy next year. Any delays will be detrimental to our industry due our long term planning cycles.”

Pietrangeli suggested that the post-Brexit trade deal is likely to be a complex part of the negotiation, noting that the two year status quo to avoid a cliff edge is reassuring but it’s not quite enough to plan well.

The IDF Guide to Water Footprint Methodology for the Dairy Sector

These guidelines are intended to reach better understanding of water footprint assessment within the dairy sector. They provide transparency about a dairy product’s water profile throughout its life cycle to allow monitoring, quantification and evaluation of the potential environmental impacts related to water use. The document reviews previous work on life cycle assessment and provides guidelines on standardization of water footprint.

The guidelines followed ISO 14046, and are aligned with the LEAP guidelines for water use that cover all livestock sectors.

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Judith Bryans New IDF President

Judith Bryans, CEO of Dairy UK, has been elected as new President of the International Dairy Federation.

New IDF President Judith Bryans is the first female president in its history. She emphasizes IDF’s role as being one strong global voice that can create consensus within the dairy sector. With her election, former IDF President Jeremy Hill passed on the baton and also emphasized the importance of an overarching dairy federation.

Judith Bryans has a PhD in Nutrition and quickly became Chief Executive of the Dairy Council UK. Later Judith Bryans took over as chief executive of Dairy UK, which is a trade association representing processers and farmers in the UK.

The IDF Award 2016 went to Jelen,Kelly and Marshall

The 2016 IDF Award was presented to three outstanding nominees: Prof. Jelen (CA), Dr Kelly (IE) and Dr Marshall (NZ).

The first nominee, Prof. Paul Jelen has been awarded the IDF Award for his notoriety through his many and varied impactful contributions to the dairy and broader food industries during a career that has spanned nearly half a century.

The second nominee, Dr Phil Kelly has contributed largely to international progress in the field of dairy science and technology, especially in the field of applied research in dairy technology across many fields, over a career that has spanned nigh on 41 years.

The third nominee, Dr Kevin Marshall has made a truly outstanding contribution to the global dairy industry and broader food sector.

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Dairy Declaration signed by FAO and IDF

Three days of sessions in this IDF World Dairy Summit were closed with signing the Declaration of Rotterdam: a comprehensive statement on the key contributions and commitments of the dairy sector towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

IDF President Jeremy Hill and Assistant Director General of the FAO Ren Wang explained the importance of the Declaration, providing a common high-level purpose regarding the dairy sector’s role for nutritional security, sustainability and socio-economic development. A few specific elements have been elaborated upon; dairy is the No. 1 global agricultural sector by value and is directly responsible for 240 million jobs worldwide, and from this approximately 1 billion livelihoods or the socio-economic wellbeing of a seventh of the world’s population is being supported. Alongside this, as many as 80 million women are engaged in dairy farming which can play a key role in their empowerment. As well as this, dairy is also considered to be essential in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition, particularly amongst the most vulnerable (pregnant women and children).

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2016

Takes place in Rotterdam, 16 – 21 October.

The IDF World Dairy Summit is the annual top meeting of the global dairy industry attracting 1500 to 2500 participants from all over the world. Amongst them CEO’s and employees of dairy processing companies, dairy farmers, suppliers to the dairy industry, academia, governments, marketers etc.

The Summit is composed of a series of topical scientific-technical conferences, social events including a welcome reception, gala dinner and technical tours. Participants will get together to network and get familiar with the latest research findings and experiences relevant for the global dairy sector in the broadest sense.

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2016

The IDF World Dairy Summit 2016 ‘Dare to Dairy’ in October in Rotterdam is the top annual meeting of the global dairy sector attracting 1.500 to 2.000 participants from all over the world. Amongst them are not only CEO’s and employees of dairy processing companies, dairy farmers, suppliers and scientists but also stakeholders from outside the global dairy sector. They all will share their view on how dairy can sustainably contribute to feeding 9 billion people.

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