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In Edinburgh, an “expert” glance at the future of the dairy sector

About 200 delegates, from 20 milk producer countries, participated to the Annual Conference of the European Dairy Association (EDA), that took place recently in Edinburgh. Despite of some details, everybody generally agreed that prospects in the dairy sector remain positive, although the global crisis it went through this last year.
David Dobbin, president of Dairy UK – the hosting country – invited all actors to focus on growth in value of sells both in the internal and external market. He said: “The main cause for the negative trend of the dairy market last year is the exceeding global production of milk that overtook the demand. However, our members are optimist for their future. We are well aware of the challanges that we need to face in order to have success”.
“We need to develop a strategy for a sustainable economic growth, in line with the market and focus on the growth on value, not only on quantity – he said. We need to build our competitiveness  focusing on the improvement of the product and the process and guaranteeing the integrity of the supply chain. We need to promote actively our work and inform new generations about the nutritional value of dairy products”. “While we wait for the government and the European Commission to create a favorable for our development, we need to remember that we are the main actors of the sector and we have to be resourceful and control our own destiny – he said”.
The European Commission, through its spokeperson Joost Korte, deputy director for agricultural development, said that the abolition of quota is not the cause of the decrease of milk prices. He also said that the increase of total consumption would be steady at 2,1% per year and the delivering of milk within the UE would increase by 0,8%. However, the Commission will publish the official forecasts for the next 10 years in december.
On the other hand, Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, deputy president of Arla Foods UK, focus his attention on three global strategies, concerning wellness, nature and sustainability, which are necessary to be successful. “The future of our sector can be positive, if we show ourselves resourcesful now – he explained. We don’t need to be afraid of milk in our sustainable growth”. Finally, Ronald Kers,chief executive officer of the Global Muller Group, gave his recipe to the audiance: “We obtain a competitive advantage in terms of value focusing on innovation, label, productive adjustments and operative excellence”.