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 Dairy Strategy Review Launched by Scottish Government  

Achieving sustainable economic growth for Scotland’s dairy sector is the key aim of an industry-wide strategic review currently launched by the Scottish government.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced that Scotland Food & Drink chief executive James Withers would lead the review, which will report to ministers by the end of March 2013. Mr Withers will be supported by a business advisory group, including high profile figures from the Scottish dairy sector, and the membership of the advisory group will be confirmed shortly.

The review, which will encompass all parts of the supply chain, will:

  • Review the efficiency and competitiveness of all parts of the Scottish dairy supply chain
  • Assess the opportunities for greater collaboration among primary producers and the scope for further partnership working and integration
  • Consider the UK and export market opportunity for value added Scottish dairy products
  • Explore the potential for generic Scottish market development and brand support
  • Evaluate primary production and processing capacity, with a view to maximizing export potential and displacing imported dairy products

Speaking at the AgriScot industry event, Mr. Lochhead said:
"Scotland’s dairy industry has huge potential yet, despite this, the sector has faced challenging times thanks – largely – to fluctuating market returns due to volatility in world commodity prices and outmoded contractual relationships.

That’s why I brought forward a five point action plan to address the various issues facing our dairy industry and this strategic review, which will be chaired by James Withers, is a key part of this plan.

My recent trip to Asia confirmed Scotland’s global reputation for supplying quality produce - so it’s vital that we explore every opportunity to capitalise on our natural assets and ensure our dairy sector is well placed to meet future challenges head on.

I’m particularly interested in exploring ways in which we can add value to our dairy products and exploit the market potential offered by the Scottish premium, allowing us to drive up export volumes as well as domestic sales.”

Source: The Scottish Government

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