A future in which Irish Dairy is recognised and trusted as a vital part of people’s diet and general health across the life stages, indispensable to Ireland’s social and economic wellbeing
To champion the role of quality pasture-based dairy and its nutrition benefits in supporting healthier, more active living.
Drivers of our Strategy
Global aging population: Globally, the number of older people will almost double to 2 billion by 2050. Within 10 years, Ireland’s over 65’s will increase to almost 900,000.
Why this matters: As awareness is low of the potential for diet to support healthy ageing, the National Dairy Council (NDC) will work closely with expert bodies, policy makers and nutrition scientists to turn our expertise into actions that will support healthier, more independent lives.
New discoveries to improve performance in sports
It is the natural nutritional components of milk that has led to the growing body of research exploring the potential role of milk and milk-based products in sports nutrition – from the elite athlete to the recreational exerciser.
Why this matters: Sports coaches working with the active population encourage healthier food choices including dairy as part of performance management. The emerging research presents a powerful opportunity for broadening dairy consumption occasions.
Growth and innovation in the Irish dairy sector
With the emerging scientific evidence reinforcing the benefit of dairy across life’s age and stage, innovation in the areas of infant formula, performance nutrition and healthy ageing will drive sector value at an accelerated rate.
Why this matters: A doubling of value-added product would see the composite value of dairy increase from 62.5cent to 75.7cent resulting in an additional contribution of €1billion output which will assist in the Irish market’s ability to counteract price volatility.
Grass-based dairy production
Irish dairy produce is based on farming with cows grazing outdoors on grass for much of the year and based on high standards of milk quality and food safety. These are standards which Irish consumers can enjoy every day and practices which result in healthier, happier cows – but combined with a way of dairy farming which is sustainable and means we can pass on something better to those who follow us.
Why this matters: The Sustainable Dairy Quality Assurance Scheme is the first national dairy scheme of its kind anywhere in the world. It sets out requirements for best practice on Irish dairy farms in animal health and welfare, land management, biosecurity, safe farming practices and the production of quality milk. Promoting Ireland as the best dairy producing nation in the world will enable greater export potential.
Our Four Areas of Priority
1. REPUTATION MANAGEMENT: Safeguard the heritage and reputation of Irish Dairy among consumers
2. HEALTHY LIVING: Build compelling nutrition platforms for Dairy to support healthy living across the life stages
The NDC will work with consumers to identify opportunities for creating nutrition based platforms for dairy category development.
3. DAIRY CATEGORY MARKETING: Promote Dairy consumption among Irish consumers through engaging, insight-led marketing strategies
4. APPLIED RESEARCH: Leverage science and research in the key areas to drive Dairy category growth & development
The key areas of this strategy are Sports, Healthy Ageing and Dairy’s Package of Nutrients
Package of Nutrients:
We will work with our international network to build the evidence of dairy consumption benefits with an aim to impact policy at National and EU level.