Dairy UK, the trade association representing British dairy producers, has announced chief executive of Glanbia Cheese, Paul Vernon, as its new chairman.
Tomas Pietrangeli, managing director of Arla Foods, and Andrew McInnes, managing director Müller Milk & Ingredients, have also joined Dairy UK as vice-chairs.
Speaking of Vernon’s appointment, Dairy UK CEO Judith Bryans said the association is lucky to be gaining another ‘leading industry figure’ and that he enjoys ‘widespread respect and support’.
Vernon, who has worked at Glanbia for 22 years, said the dairy industry has hurdles to overcome in the future, such as Brexit and as well as continuing to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy.
“I can make one firm commitment without any hesitation, and that is that Dairy UK will spare no effort in fighting for the interests of dairy,” he said.
“We have massive challenges ahead of us, particularly in relation to Brexit, so there has never been a more important time to remind government and decision-makers of the relevance and importance of dairy.
“Whilst Brexit might dominate the political landscape, we mustn’t forget there’s still work to do across a whole range of other key issues facing the industry, such as protecting and promoting the nutritional benefits of dairy foods.
“These are extraordinary times, but where there is challenge, there is also opportunity. We must ensure our industry works to create an environment conducive to these new opportunities.”
Last year, Dairy UK said the UK’s dairy industry has ‘tremendous potential’ to grow its brand around the world as it learns from other successful exporting countries.
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