New Zealand: substantial access to EU’s market causes worries

After the EU and New Zealand reached a political agreement on a comprehensive trade agreement with New Zealand that includes a substantial access to the EU’s market on dairy, sheep meat and beef, Copa and Cogeca the umbrella organisations of European farmers and European cooperatives, are worried about the effects. New Zealand exporters already have market access for 75000 tonnes of butter and 11000 tonnes of cheese, this additional access to the EU’s added value protein market and sensitive products (butter 15000 tonnes, cheese 25000 tonnes, milk powder 15000 tonnes) will substantially increase market pressure and will provide a strong bargaining hold on import management to one dairy company according to Copa and Cogeca.

Poland: private dairy company Polmlek implements foreign expansion

The France headquartered private dairy Bel Group and Polmlek the largest private dairy company in Poland have signed an agreement to sell Bel’s stake in the Morrocon dairy Safilait, and the Tarmast farm which supplies Safilait. Morocco is a key market for Bel where it also has a factory and where it will continue to invest. In 2015, the group had expanded its offer in Morocco by acquiring Safilait, a dairy company specializing in the processing, packaging and sale of fresh milk, UHT milk and fresh dairy products. Polmlek offers a wide range of dairy products: Dutch and Swiss-type cheeses, mozzarella, cheese spreads, curd cheeses, creams, yoghurts, butter, UHT milk, powdered milk, milk desserts and others. The transaction will enable Polmlek to implement a long-term plan of foreign expansion.

France: Bel Group acquired 70 percent of Shandong Junjun Cheese’s share capital

The France headquartered private dairy Bel Group has acquired 70 percent of the Chinese of Shandong Junjun Cheese’s share capital. Shandong Junjun Cheese is based in North-Eastern China. Founded in 2017, their portfolio of products is comprised of a large range of cheese which achieved over a 100 percent annual growth since 2018. The Bel Group specialized in cheese and snacks generated in 2021 with 11800 employees sales of 3.38 billion euros.

Italy: Emmi sells its Ambrosi stake to Lactalis

In Italy the Switzerland headquartered private manufacturer of dairy products Emmi is selling its 25 percent stake in the Italian cheese specialist Ambrosi SpA to the France headquartered private dairy Lactalis. According to Emmi, the stake, acquired in 2007, was aimed at achieving joint international growth in several selected countries in the specialty and premium cheeses segment. And while Italian cheese classics such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano have been the ideal addition to Emmi’s range of Swiss cheese specialities, they are no longer part of Emmi’s core range.

Austria: AMA Marketing focuses on precondition of detached stables

In Austria, permanent keeping dairy cows tied is still permitted in exceptional cases until 2030 and concerns about 2500 dairy farms, or ten percent of all dairy farms. In order to meet society’s wishes and to motivate dairy farmers to switch sooner, the Austrian agricultural marketing service AMA Marketing is focusing on the further development of the quality mark for milk and dairy products, whereby detached stables are a precondition. The exceptions for the AMA quality mark dairy farms will no longer be recognized from 2024. According to conservative estimates, at least half of the 2,500 affected companies will switch by that date.

Germany: ife data July/June

In Germany in July compared to June 2022 the raw material or compound value of milk at farm decreased 2.0 eurocent to 63.8 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 27.6 eurocent more than in the same month one year before. The highest future price of milk for the next 18 months on the Kieler Börsenmilchwert European Energy Exchange is the price for August 2022 at 61.8 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for June 2023 at 54.1 eurocent.

Germany: trade company Stone X offers futures for four types of cheese

In Germany it was already possible to trade futures for butter and skimmed milk powder at the EEX in Leipzig. Now the future and derivatives trade company Stone X offers futures for four types of cheese: Cheddar Curt, Mild Cheddar, Young Gouda and Mozzarella. All contracts are settled at the EEX.

Germany: antibiotics monitoring to apply for dairy farms in 2023

In Germany the government has proposed a law that in 2023 antibiotics monitoring will apply for dairy farms also. Dairy farmers then have to record the use of antibiotics and report the days of treatment. If the measures are not successful after 24 months measures will have to be taken for reduction.

Germany: Umweltbundesamt UBA advocates reduction in number of animals

Germany’s main environmental protection agency Umweltbundesamt UBA advocates a reduction in the number of animals by 50 percent. In view of animal emissions, UBA believes that a carbon tax for cows is a logical idea, but after heavy criticism it withdrew the proposal. Nevertheless, the UBA is calling for a significant reduction in the effects of animal husbandry on the environment and ⁠climate⁠, because the production and consumption of animal food is currently not sustainable from an environmental and climate point of view, nor from a health and animal welfare perspective, according to the UBA.

Belgium: reduction of sugar content in dairy products

Belgian dairy processing companies reduced the content of added sugars in their products by 15 percent between 2012 and 2021. The members of BCZ, the Belgian Confederation of the Dairy Industry, more than achieved the objectives of the Balanced Nutrition Covenant (2012-2020), with a reduction of 12 percent instead of the proposed 8 percent. They continued their efforts in 2021, increasing the total reduction to 15 percent. More than half of the entire dairy range contains no added sugars at all.

The Netherlands: partnership of RFC, Rabobank and Lely to reduce emissions

In Holland the dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina, Rabobank and the dairy farming equipment producer Lely are joining forces to reduce nitrogen emissions at dairy farms. They are entering into a partnership for the installation of 96 Lely Spheres, spread across all Dutch provinces. The Lely Sphere is an installation that can reduce nitrogen emissions up to 70 percent in the barn of a dairy farm. The three parties hope that after this pilot project the concept will be applied on a broader scale in the sector. The Lely Sphere is a circular barn system that separates solid manure and urine and converts nitrogen emissions into valuable fertilizer. These can be reused by the farmer for precision fertilisation on the land. In this way a more closed mineral cycle is achieved, the use of artificial fertilizer decreases and the climate in the barn improves. Recent scientific reports show that with the Lely Sphere, ammonia emissions are reduced by up to 70 percent in the barn. With this partnership RFC, Rabobank and Lely want to make the investment in a Lely Sphere accessible for farmers. RFC will provide a financial contribution to the farms, Lely gives a discount on the purchase of the system and Rabobank offers a loan with advantageous conditions. In addition, the parties trust that this initiative will also encourage regional and national authorities to take initiatives to stimulate sustainable agriculture through innovation, and to make the necessary financial resources available. In time between 450 dairy farms have applied to join the pilot.

The Netherlands: Royal FrieslandCampina lost member farmers

The Holland headquartered dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina lost between July 2021 and July 2022 a number of 284 member farmers that have withdrawn their membership. Together they produce 832 million kilogram milk a year. that have withdrawn their membership. Together they produce 832 million kilogram milk a year.

The Netherlands: soy from deforestation-free areasRoyal at FrieslandCampina

The Holland headquartered dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina and the Holland headquartered feed cooperative Agrifirm announced at the end of 2021 to take steps towards more guarantees that the soy for feed comes from deforestation-free areas. End of July the first shiploads of guaranteed deforestation-free soy were delivered at a feed plant in the Netherlands.

Great Britain: Co-op introduces „freeze me“ message to milk products

In Great Britain the supermarket chain Co-op is introducing a ‘freeze me’ message to its own brand milk products, in a bid to cut down on 70000 tonnes of milk wasted a year. A recent survey shows that two-thirds (66%) of UK adults don’t freeze milk at home, 31 per cent of UK adults didn’t’ know you can freeze milk and of these 34 per cent say that now they do they will start freezing it. The new on-pack message from Co-op will read: “Don’t waste me, freeze me, in a suitable, clean container, then defrost in the fridge, use within 24 hours.” The new messaging will appear across all Co-op own brand milk products from September 2022.

United Kingdom: Health and Safety Executive checks dairy farmers

In the United Kingdom dairy farmers must now be able to show that they are proactively avoiding the risk of milk contamination with chlorate residues. The maximum residue limit (MRL) for liquid milk (raw or pasteurised) is set at 0.1mg/kg. The MRL for foods intended for infants and young children is still set at 0.01mg/kg. Compliance with MRLs will be checked by the Health and Safety Executive.