11th March 2014
Having launched their Sustainability programme in late 2012, First Milk has completed a review covering activities in 2013 across five specific workstreams areas (food for the future; cow & calf; wheels, yields and deals; reduce, renew, recycle; and feed for the future). Each programme area has a long-term goal to be achieved by 2020, with defined annual targets.
First Milk's chief executive Kate Allum detailed the company's aspiration with regard to Sustainability and performance so far,
"At First Milk, our aim is to provide safe, responsibly produced, nutritious foods. We must do this by providing sustainable margins for our farmer owners, while protecting natural resources for future generations.
"We launched our Sustainability programme in late 2012. It has five workstream areas that look right along the supply chain.
"During 2013, we made progress across the board with a broad range of activities, in most cases working alongside great partners including Nestlé and Fonterra. Picking out just a few examples of what we did in 2013:
"We look to constantly improve the economic, environmental and ethical sustainability of our supply chain - learning from best practice in dairy around the world, and in other industries.
"We are also involved in a number of pan-industry initiatives, the leading role we played in the latest version of the Dairy Roadmap (www.dairyroadmap.com) is just one example.
"As a farmer owned business, we naturally look right along the supply chain from farm inputs right through to the packaging and foods that we deliver to consumers. We will continue working alongside our farmers and our partners in 2014 to increase the pace and breadth of our Sustainability activities."
View / download First Milk's 2013 Sustainability Review:
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About First Milk
First Milk is the UK's only major dairy company, 100% owned by British farmers. It supplies a wide range of dairy products and dairy ingredients to customers in both national and international markets including block cheeses, soft cheeses, raw milk, butter, skimmed milk powder, whey proteins and sports nutrition brands.
It generates annual revenues of £530 million (2012/13 figures) and is headquartered in Glasgow with eight manufacturing sites across England, Scotland and Wales employing a total of 667 people.
First Milk's aspiration is to provide consumers with great-tasting nutritious food, while delivering value for every part of its farmers' milk. As a business with a passion for innovation and sustainability, it is constantly seeking fresh ways of working with partners across the supply chain to drive pioneering solutions to industry challenges.
A copy of First Milk's sustainability report is also available to download via its website, www.firstmilk.co.uk/sustainability.
For more information, please contact:
external affairs director
M: 07767 241452
head of communications
M: 07767 241507