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                Disappointingly, in November 2020, the Health Star Rating calculation system was revised, and while improvements were achieved for Five Food Group yoghurts, more than half of all Five Food Group cheeses continue to score less than three out of five stars.
The Australian dairy industry believes this revised Health Star Rating system fails to take into account the nutritional benefits of cheese, and unfairly puts it on par with certain junk food purely due to its inherent sodium and fat content.
Looking ahead to 2021, the Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) will continue to work alongside Dairy Australia to engage government to achieve a better outcome for Five Food Group cheeses under the Health Star Rating system.
We also expect to see further progress made on the review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Our hope is that dairy products are reviewed
fairly as part of this process for the important role they play as part of a balanced diet, and that decision makers are well- informed about the nutritional benefits of dairy, backed by the latest scientific evidence.
Last November, the ADPF launched the Milk Value Portal (MVP), a resource to help demystify farmgate milk pricing. The MVP is a comprehensive, central source of information on the farmgate milk price and what drives it, publicly available through:
At its core, is the Farmgate Milk Value Tool that uses aggregated primary data from processors to show the average and range of values of raw milk in each region, by farm size and time of year, and also taking into account milk composition such as fat and protein.
plan to increase confidence in the industry, to optimise supply and production levels.
In a post-COVID world, the ongoing and future profitability of dairy processors is even more critical. Australia is recognised as holding world’s best status in manufacturing nutritious
For much-loved dairy products to remain consistently on supermarket shelves, the entire dairy supply chain must work in cooperation. Therefore, trusting and transparent relationships between dairy processors and dairy farmers are critical to the industry’s future profitability.
“ Australian dairy is an export over-achiever. While Australia accounts for only two per cent of estimated global milk production, our exports make up a five per cent share.”
The Portal also features relevant intelligence and insights of local and global dairy products markets and supply chain influence on price, to provide a complete picture on the value of raw milk.
This means in 2021, farmers will enter the season better equipped with information to help make better business decisions This is all part of a
dairy products for domestic and international markets and the processing sector provides jobs for around 20,000 Australians. Many milk processing
factories are the backbone
of regional communities
and are critical for the sustainability and prosperity of many regional areas.
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