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Big data and new technology making a difference to dairy

Belfast, Friday 3rd November 2017: The rapid development of technology and major advances in so-called ‘big data’ will have significant effects on the dairy industry, delegates at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit were told today.

Dairy is at the forefront of adopting new and dynamic technology that will improve efficiency while ensuring delivery of nutritious, safe and sustainable foods to a growing world population.

Dairy industry pushing forward to commercialise science and drive innovation

Belfast, Friday 3rd November 2017: 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 were told today.

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.

Global dairy champions honoured by International Dairy Federation

Belfast, 2nd November 2017: Four dairy champions have been honoured for their leadership, commitment and dedication to the industry at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit 2017 in Belfast.

The much-coveted IDF awards were announced during the Gala dinner held at the Belfast Waterfront, which saw representatives from across the global dairy industry come together to celebrate a successful IDF World Dairy Summit.

Transparency is a vital tool for animal welfare

Belfast, 2nd November 2017: There is a growing need for greater transparency in the results of animal welfare schemes across the global dairy sector, the IDF World Dairy Summit heard today.

Dr Jennifer Walker, Director, Dairy Stewardship, of Dean Foods Company, a leading manufacturer of dairy produce in the United States, told the summit that guidelines produced in many schemes do not include sufficiently specific outcomes that can be audited.

Dairy sector continues to grow emerging market footprint

Belfast, 1st November 2017: Dairy industry leaders today highlighted the continued impressive growth of the dairy sector in emerging markets across the world.

Speaking at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy 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.

Brexit challenges highlighted at IDF World Dairy Summit

Belfast, Tuesday 31st October 2017: The challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry over Brexit were highlighted at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit today.

Speaking at the IDF Summit in Belfast, Tomas Pietrangeli, UK managing director of Arla Foods, said the industry was facing ‘the biggest seismic change in the political and financial landscape in our lifetime’.

Milk and dairy plays key role in infant and child nutrition 

Belfast, Tuesday 31st October 2017: Milk and dairy foods are a vital source of iodine which is a nutrient of particular concern to pregnant women, experts were told at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit today.

Most populations get iodine from a number of sources, but milk and dairy foods are the largest source in the UK diet. Milk produced in the UK is a richer source of iodine than is milk in most other countries.

Speaking at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Belfast today, Professor Margaret Rayman, Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, said that mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency is present amongst many pregnant women in the UK.

Global dairy leaders call for united approach on consumer confidence

Belfast, 30th October 2017: World dairy leaders today issued a call for the industry to united and embrace enthusiastically the challenge of securing consumer confidence.

Speaking at the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit in Belfast, industry leaders from the UK, China, Japan and Australia underlined the importance of communicating effectively with consumers who are looking for reassurance on the integrity and quality of dairy foods at a time anti-dairy activism is on the rise.

Dairy must confront the risk of protein becoming next frontier in nutrition debate

Belfast, 30th October 2017: The global dairy industry must address the risk of protein becoming the ‘next frontier’ in the debate on nutrition.

Speaking at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit in Belfast, Dr Jaap Evers, IDF Leader Global Standards, said: “Dairy protein is a natural, high quality protein. It is imperative that we get the message to consumers that it is an integral part of a sustainable diet. We do not want to reach a stage where consumers are given the message that from an environmental perspective there is ‘green’ i.e. good protein and ‘red’ i.e. bad protein and that dairy is somehow a ‘red’ protein.

 

The role of Dairy in teen diets to be discussed at upcoming world Dairy Summit

Belfast, 20th October 2017: The crucial role that dairy can play in teenage diets will be a key debate at the forthcoming World Dairy Summit being held in Belfast later this month.

Around a fifth of teenage girls across the world are currently falling short on their recommended daily intake of calcium, iodine and riboflavin and dairy could help to fill the gap.

Whilst dairy consumption is generally on the rise, teenagers who turn away from dairy are not aware of the potential impact on long-term health.

Devenish announced as Platinum Sponsor of 2017 World Dairy Summit

Devenish, a sustainable farming and food company, has been announced as the Platinum sponsor for the upcoming World Dairy Summit (WDS). Devenish delivers sustainable and innovative nutritional products and solutions for the feed industry, the food industry and for human health and they work right across the value chain to deliver the highest quality nutritional products and solutions from Soil to Society.

UK set to welcome Global Dairy Industry

Hosted by the UK National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the World Dairy Summit 2017 will take place from 30th October to 2nd November and will assess the future of dairy globally, including the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector.

The four-day summit will explore key issues, including dairy policy and economics, sustainability, nutrition, marketing, farm management, animal health and welfare, dairy science and technology, food safety, antimicrobial resistance and emerging topics.

An Unprecedented Line-up of Political and Agricultural Leaders to Speak at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Belfast

Belfast, 30th October 2017: Key political and agricultural leaders from the UK, Europe and global organisations will take the stage at the World Dairy Political/Agricultural Leaders Forum during the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit.

Consumer Confidence in Dairy Foods a Key Priority

Belfast, 12th October 2017: Maintaining consumer confidence in the safety and integrity of dairy products is a key priority for the industry on a global scale.
Global demand for dairy products is rising and the popularity of nutritious dairy produce remains strong. Consumer expectations on food safety are high and food safety will be a key topic discussed in depth at the forthcoming World Dairy Summit in Belfast.
Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast will give the keynote speech at the dedicated Food Safety Conference taking place during the summit, which will focus on the relevance of dairy products and the challenges faced by the food sector, drawing on country-specific experience from New Zealand, China and the UK.

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