UK – Dairy UK, the trade association for British dairy producers, has announced its new chairman as Paul Vernon, the chief executive of Glanbia Cheese who has been elected to succeed Dr David Dobbin.
“For me it is a huge privilege to be elected chairman of an organisation that puts itself at the forefront of representing the interests of one of the nation’s greatest industries.
I am both appreciative and humbled by the support other leading figures across the supply chain have given me, in accepting this role”, said Vernon, who has worked at Glanbia for 22years.
Dairy UK CEO, Judith Bryans also said the association will be lucky to gain another ‘leading industry figure’ that enjoys widespread respect and support while referring to Paul Vernon’s appointment.
Tomas Pietrangeli, managing director of Arla Foods and Andrew McInnes, managing director of Müller Milk & Ingredients also joined Dairy UK as the vice- chairs.
“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,” Paul 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.”
According to News Desk, Dairy UK said the UK’s dairy industry has ‘tremendous potential’ to grow its brand across the world since it learns from other renowned exporting countries.