Blog: Dean BestTaking the bull by the horns

Dean Best | 15 September 2009

Off to Warwick today (15 September) to hear the prognosis for the UK dairy industry from many of the top names in the business.

Executives from Lactalis, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Dairy Crest will be among those addressing this year's Dairy UK conference.

The event - aptly titled 'Taking the bull by the horns' will no doubt reflect on what has been a tumultuous 12 months for the UK dairy sector. Plummeting dairy prices, consumers chasing value and the collapse of one of the UK's biggest dairy co-ops in Dairy Farmers of Britain will mean that, for some, the outlook for dairy remains sour.

However, as you'd expect from such a volatile market, others believe there is much for the UK dairy sector to be positive about - not least the product and marketing innovation from the likes of Country Life butter owner Dairy Crest (think Johnny Rotten) and sustained investment from the likes of Wiseman and its gleaming new facility in
Bridgwater.

For once, being 'sent to (near) Coventry' holds some appeal...

Readers can follow updates from the dairy conference here on the just-food Twitter feed.


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