Dairy UK has published a new export strategy to help the dairy industry unlock a ‘new world of opportunity’ on international markets. The strategy, ‘United Kingdom: Exporting Dairy to the World’, identifies a raft of actions and recommendations that will help enhance the UK dairy industry’s export performance.
The export strategy’s 17 actions and recommendations include:
Ensuring a skilled workforce is equipped for the future
Improving the export certification regime
Creating a one-stop shop for dairy exporters
Establishing world-class inspection and audit practices
Identifying market priorities
Removing barriers to dairy export trade
NFU chief dairy adviser Sian Davies said:
“UK dairy processors export to over 135 countries worldwide, although our main export destination is Ireland. In the last calendar year dairy exports were up 8.8 per cent, outperforming all other areas of food and drink. Dairy products actually make up 15 per cent of all food exports with cheese being the third largest food category.
“After Ireland our main export destinations for dairy products are the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. We know that Defra wants to focus on new markets outside the EU and this strategy should help to focus minds on removing trade barriers and opening new opportunities for our excellent products.”