What the project will do
We will generate opportunities to improve sustainability, reduce carbon emissions and develop new products and markets.
Develop Digital Connectivity
Stimulate Research & Development
Attract talent and foster a skills pipeline
Increasing value for the dairy industry
Regional grant funding programme for collaborative R&D between researchers, businesses and technology providers.
Structured support to help businesses develop technology solutions to challenges in dairy production, transport and manufacturing.
World-class research facilities and expertise, combined with modern maker-spaces for new product and process development.
SKILLS & STEM
Raising awareness of opportunities in high-tech dairy manufacture, and aligning industry needs with skills provision.
First of a kind Technology Demonstrator that digitally connects the whole dairy supply chain from grass to glass.
The UK is the third-largest milk producer in Europe and eleventh in the world. It produces 14.9 billion litres each year, with a farm-gate value of £3.7 billion.
Most UK-produced milk is supplied to manufacturers who process and package it for liquid consumption (47.5%) or process it into value-added products (50.6%). UK dairy processors deliver a gross value added (GVA) of £1.8 billion.
Cumbria and South-West Scotland is the UK’s second largest milk field, producing 1.9 billion litres each year, with a farm-gate value of £750 million. There are 52 dairy manufacturing businesses adding value to milk produced from 1,300 farms.
Global demand is expected to grow by around 5% per annum to 2025. The UK is cost competitive and well placed to take advantage of emerging markets. Processors have made significant capital investment (£867M in five years), pursuing innovation strategies and new market opportunities.
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