Kerry becomes first milk processor to achieve certification of milk suppliers

fda4f7b7-32d6-4a94-8723-a0feb9ca1d4barticleimage.jpg

02 Oct 2017 --- Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve 100 percent certification of its milk suppliers in Ireland under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme. The company announced that it has completed the certification of all its 3,300 milk suppliers under the internationally accredited, Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS). The first national program of its kind, SDAS is a comprehensive quality and sustainability program that independently audits performance at farm level every 18 months. 

Developed by Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) in collaboration with key stakeholders, SDAS was launched in December 2013, under Origin Green, the world’s first national food sustainability program. A founder member of Origin Green, Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve complete certification under SDAS across its entire Irish milk pool.  

The group’s 3,300 milk suppliers located in South West Ireland provide Kerry with over 1.2 billion liters of milk annually. Using a natural grass-based production system, they are already considered to be among the most sustainable producers. These family farms are now demonstrating a further commitment to continuous improvement through independent assessment every 18 months.  

The SDAS audit will satisfy Kerry’s longstanding requirements on quality, food safety and traceability at farm level, while the evaluation of performance on sustainability criteria such as environmental management, animal health and welfare, pasture management, and health and safety will now help to ensure more sustainable production.  

Through the audit process, Bord Bia also determines a carbon footprint for each individual farm using an accredited footprinting model. With feedback provided to the farmer directly, the process helps to monitor environmental impacts and supports ongoingClick to Enlarge improvement.  

Since the introduction of SDAS, Kerry’s Agribusiness division has been actively engaged with its milk suppliers to help guide them through the certification process. Having reached this milestone, Kerry’s focus will now turn to supporting farmers as they continue to optimize efficiencies and sustainable production.  

The announcement by Kerry Group was welcomed by Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. Commenting on Kerry’s achievement he noted that the future expansion of Irish agriculture was deeply linked to sustainable intensification and Bord Bia, through Origin Green, had provided a unique model through which this could be successfully achieved, under a nationally accredited and independently certified program linking milk suppliers and processors. 

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, stated: “Kerry’s achievement represented a milestone for the SDAS scheme and was a further endorsement of Bord Bia’s work to integrate sustainability into all their farm assurance programs.” 

Edmond Scanlon, CEO Designate of Kerry Group hailed the work undertaken by the group’s Agribusiness division and the engagement shown by farmers says: “It is increasingly important that we can demonstrate to customers and consumers that their food is safely and sustainably produced. Kerry’s heritage lies in processing the highest quality, natural, grass-fed dairy and the achievement of SDAS certification by all our milk suppliers is an important part of the group’s broader sustainability goals.”

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

Related Articles

Food Ingredients News

Plant-based foods certification launched, Tofurky and Oatly items receive first recognition

15 Nov 2018 --- The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has launched a new Certified Plant Based program in the US, touted as the first and only plant-based food certification in the world. Selected Tofurky and Oatly products are the first to receive certified status by NSF International, the certifying agency, who have teamed up with the PBFA. The Certified Plant Based protocol, focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods and specifies the criteria required to make a certified plant-based food claim, reports the PBFA.

Food Ingredients News

Givaudan: Untapped market exists for less sweet yet satisfying NPD

15 Nov 2018 --- Givaudan has launched a new approach to sugar reduction that delivers “fully satisfying, reduced-sugar products without added sweeteners.” The approach seeks to combine the use of a new proprietary sensory language, novel ingredients and an understanding of sweetness and satisfaction to deliver up to 50 percent reduction in sugar, while maintaining consumer preference. The sugar reduction challenge is about closing the gap and restoring the overall experience offered by “full sugar.” The move comes amid a more holistic approach from the leading supplier, as it increasingly looks beyond the concept of “flavor” alone towards a broader approach to overall “taste.”

Food Ingredients News

IMCD opens Food & Nutrition application lab in Germany

15 Nov 2018 --- Chemical and food ingredients distributor IMCD N.V. has expanded its technical capabilities with a new Food & Nutrition application laboratory in Hürth, Germany. With this latest facility, IMCD Food & Nutrition will seek to support customers’ technical needs, sharing detailed application knowledge of its comprehensive specialty ingredient portfolio from leading supplier partners, reports the company.

Food Ingredients News

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: MEPs urged to ratify trade deal next month

14 Nov 2018 --- As the potential EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) edges closer, Europe’s agri-food chain partners are joining forces to urge politicians to ratify the trade deal quickly. A number of trade bodies want EU producers to take full advantage of the new opportunities and tariff-free trading that would result from what would be the world’s largest open economic area.

Nutrition & Health News

Experts weigh in on digestive health in Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute webinar

14 Nov 2018 --- Gut health is becoming increasingly popular among consumers. In this wide-ranging health area, the gut-brain axis (GBA) is a key area of interest, along with the sort of probiotic bacteria that aid wider gut health, Dairy & Food Culture Technologies Consultant, Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, tells NutritionInsight. Sanders will be presenting a Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute webinar today hosted on FoodIngredientsFirst.com.

More Articles