XIII National Conference with International Participation
26  November, 2019

Premier Hotel Rus, Kyiv, Ukraine

Organizers: Infagro, Dairy Union of Ukraine

Dear colleagues,

This is the first time in all 12 years of holding the annual conference DAIRY BUSINESS when its organizers – INFAGRO analytical agency and Dairy Union of Ukraine – face such big uncertainty about the date of the event and conditions of its conducting. The conference was launched in 2008 at the initiative of Ukrainian dairy processing companies. Since that time it has been held annually to let dairy professionals, satellite companies, milk producers and other dairy market operators meet their colleagues and discuss important issues.

The organizers of the conference keep an opinion that online conferences which are now frequently held due to the well-known lockdown circumstances, cannot completely replace the personal communication and warm friendly atmosphere that has always been inherent to the DAIRY BUSINESS event.  Although, partial use of remote participation is quite possible if it enriches the information content of the event.

We hope that despite the difficulties the dairy business is facing now, the tradition will not be broken and the circumstances will not prevent our meeting this fall.  There are many issues dairy experts have to discuss.

In the difficult times of the beginning of the pandemic and the wave of increasing demand, the dairy industry of Ukraine was able to ensure uninterrupted production and supply of dairy products.  Ukrainian consumers did not feel a shortage of products. They finally appreciated the long shelf life of ultra-pasteurized milk and were buying were canned milk, which they were recently buying quite rarely.  Now, despite difficult conditions, dairy production continues although demand has expectedly fallen to normal levels.

In addition to the lockdown related issues making impact on all industry sectors, the work of dairy farmers is also affected by a painful introduction of the land market and expectation of real state support measures.  Raw milk production is reducing , . This leads to the decrease in dairy production.  Dairy exports have frozen. Low world dairy prices for exported dairy products do not add enthusiasm to Ukrainian producers, who have always directed a significant part of their production to foreign sales.

Imports of dairy products are growing at a frantic pace and put companies in a situation where the purchase of imported products for sale in the domestic market becomes more profitable than production.  At the same time, there is a demand for dairy products in the domestic market in Ukraine.  The trend of meeting this demand at the expense of imported dairy products is becoming increasingly apparent.  Domestic cheesemakers feel it more than others. Recently it became a problem for producers of fresh dairy products.

For a long time the raw milk prices were very high and dairies were operating almost at a loss.  Now raw milk prices have fallen, but buyers’ wallets also thinned and exports are still unprofitable. So, the earnings of many dairy processors are still quite illusory.

Given the raw milk shortage, a complexity of logistics and the unfavorable dairy market situation, it may seem not timely to talk about the development of dairy exports now. But the situation will definitely be changing. It is worth to get ready for the trade intensification now.  There are many issues to discuss with colleagues and invited government officials.

There is still a lot of time until November 26, the date of this year’s conference.  But the organizers of the event would like to hear the opinion of experts on the most relevant topics for the conference discussion now to design the conference program.

Traditionally, the organizers are inviting the renowned dairy industry experts. They will present an overview of the state of the dairy industry in Ukraine and the world.  Much of the time will be devoted to discussion on the issues important to the dairy business.

The Provisional Program will appear on our site soon.  Please send your propositions on the topics for discussion.  They will be used to form the conference program.

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