There’s revolution in the air in the dairy industry. The recent farmer protests managed to propel dairy to the top of the news agenda for much of the summer, prompting price concessions from the processors and higher premiums from the country’s leading retailers.

Structurally, too, the industry is changing rapidly, with the merger of Arla and milk Link and Müller’s acquisition of Wiseman this year poised to create a new set of power players in British dairy.

But the real milk revolution has yet to start. Adding value doesn’t sound like the stuff of revolution in the way a protest or blockade does, but it will require just as radical an attitude…



4 Milk Fixture Challenge
How can the milk xture be changed to better highlight added-value milks?
10 Consolidation
How this year’s big deals are reshaping the industry
14 Consolidation: Lawyer’s Opinion
The key questions to ask about competition law amid dairy consolidation
16 Sport & Milk
Can milk be sold as a sports drink? We unveil ve new bottle design concepts
24 Big Interview: Ronald Kers
Müller UK CEO on creating the biggest UK dairy co and stirring things up
30 Dairymen Cheeseboard
Our pick of regional gems that embody the very best of British cheesemaking
36 Views From The Top
Major industry gures speak out on the challenges facing the industry
40 Retailer Profile: M&S
How Plan A is keeping milk farmers happy at Marks & Spencer
42 Cottage Cheese
A tired staple just for dieters? Suppliers are bringing new life to cottage cheese
44 Big Interview: Ian Toal
Adams Foods’ CEO on the tough decisions needed for a brighter future
46 Supplier Profile: Yeo Valley
How Yeo is saying No to suitors to stay independent and British

Category focus

49 Cheddar Cheese
57 Continental Cheese
61 Snacking
64 Soft White Cheese
67 Milk
73 Milk Drinks
77 Butters & Spreads
82 Yoghurt & Desserts
85 Regional Dairy
88 Ice Cream
91 Free-From
94 Last Words