The UK dairy industry is at a crossroads. With EU milk quotas to be removed next year, the sector’s focus is zeroing in on how to make the most of the opportunities offered by the new liberalised trading regime – and how to avoid any pitfalls.
Our in-depth analysis of what the post-quota era will mean for the UK sets out what lies ahead and shows the potential gains are significant: the lifting of quotas provides the perfect impetus for the dairy industry to re-commit to reducing the UK’s sizeable dairy trade deficit. And as the post-2015 predictions of the industry’s senior figures make clear, that is precisely what many of the sector’s leading companies are doing.
But the removal of quotas will also bring significant challenges. The farmgate milk price crash and subsequent threats of farmer protests that we have seen over the past weeks drive home just how much more volatile the sector could become once the protection from quotas is gone and exposure to the vagaries of the global commodities markets increases.
It is not just the dairy industry at large that is at a crossroads. Many key categories are facing important decisions about protecting value and safeguarding growth. None more so, perhaps, than BSM, where spreads have been struggling with an identity crisis ever since consumers rediscovered a love of butter. As a result, spreads makers like Unilever are now adding butter into their spreads – remarkable, given the satfat backlash just a few years ago.
The Grocer’s Dairymen 2014 supplement is your must-have guide to all things dairy. It’s bursting with exclusive insight, data and analysis you can’t get anywhere else, including:
- Dairy 2015: what does the future hole post quota? With EU quotas set to be lifted next year, how is the British dairy industry preparing for the future? What opportunities does the post-quota era hold – and what are the potential challenges and pitfalls? In consultation with leading retailers, dairy processors, suppliers, analysts and regulatory experts, we map out what lies ahead for the UK dairy sector.
- Creative challenge: How can spreads get their sexy back? Spreads have been on the back foot ever since consumers decided to fall in love with butter again. We’ve team up with a creative agency to explore how the category can reclaim the agenda and get shoppers to take a fresh look at spreads.
- Dairymen Cheeseboard: the next generation The Dairymen Cheeseboard is back – and this time we’ve got our eye on new cheeses. We’ve selected some outstanding new cheeses, profiling them and their makers.
- Dairy 2015: the European perspective We profile how key European countries are preparing for the post-quota era – and what the UK can learn from them.
As well as this, Dairymen 2014 contains 10 detailed reports, covering every nook and cranny of the dairy industry:
- Continental Cheese
- Cooking With Dairy
- Dairy Snacking
- Dairy Drinks
- Butters & Spreads
- Yoghurts & Desserts
- Ice Cream
- Dairy Alternatives
You can purchase The Dairymen 2014 above. Alternatively, it is available free to existing subscribers.
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