Last week, 250 people from 35 countries gathered in Tumba, Sweden, to discuss issues that will shape the future of the world dairy industry.

Sponsored by DeLaval and the Food Agriculture Organization, this is the first time that dairy producers, processors, veterinarians, food scientists, nutritionists, milk advisers, policy makers and consumers have all sat down to share ideas and find solutions to the challenges faced in the world dairy market. It was truly a great first step toward fostering increased communication throughout the dairy-food-value chain around the world.

Global challenges lie ahead
Participants at the 3D-New Dimensions in Dairy Development conference in Sweden last week wasted no time getting down to business. Following are a few of the key points discussed:

  • Concerns about animal welfare will continue to grow worldwide.
  • Food safety is essential, but its definition differs depending on where you live.
  • Developing school milk programs in every country is an essential part of meeting the nutritional needs of children worldwide.
  • The dairy industry will see more change in the next five years than it has seen in the past 25 years.
  • Our greatest competition is other food products/drinks and not other producers.
  • It will take improved communication from all members of the dairy-food chain from all parts of the world to find solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.