Published on Thursday15thNovember2018

Minister Creed Officially Opens European Dairy Conference 2018

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Agriculture Minister Michael Creed today officially opened the European Dairy Association (EDA) Annual Conference 2018 in Dublin Castle. The European Dairy Association is the representative body for the European Milk Processing -industry. This year’s annual conference is being hosted by Dairy Industry Ireland, the representative body for primary and secondary processors in Ireland.

Running from the 15th – 17th November the theme of the EDA annual conference for 2018 is “A Green Future for European Dairy”. Speaking at the opening of today’s conference Minister Creed highlighted some of the challenges facing the wider European Dairy Industry but noted the industry’s willingness to accept those challenges.

Whilst acknowledging the positive sentiment for the European dairy market reflected in the EU Commission’s Short term outlook for Agricultural Markets Minister Creed welcomed the focus the conference was bringing to meeting some of the challenges facing the European dairy industry.

Building on the theme of the conference Minister Creed stated:

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the dairy industry is reflected in the overall theme of this year’s conference: “A Green Future for European Dairy”. Meeting an increasing global demand for dairy products requires all of us to demonstrate to ever demanding consumers throughout the world our environmental credentials. All of us with a role to play in the dairy industry must ensure that we have a clear commitment to the environment and demonstrate the environmental merit of dairy production in Europe.

With regard to some of the other challenges being discussed at the conference facing the dairy industry, Minister Creed urged those attending the conferences to deal with issues such as animal welfare concerns in a clear factual manner to ensure consumer demands and standards in this area are met:

As consumers evolve from generation to generation so too do their demands in terms of the standards the require from their food producers. An increasing focus on animal welfare by consumers and other interest groups must be met with a clear factual demonstration of the high welfare standards in the European Dairy Industry.