Dairy Processing Sector Plan

Closed 15 Feb 2019

Opened 21 Dec 2018


Dairy processing turns Scottish farm produce into products that are sold in domestic and export markets. It is a sector that has a good record of compliance with Scotland’s environment protection laws. Opportunities exist to drive further significant reductions in energy, water and materials use throughout the sector’s operations. Importantly, these reductions should also generate economic and social gains.

Innovation in process efficiency and resource recovery within the industry will enable businesses to flourish, contributing to the goals of both the Ambition 2030 Strategy and Becoming a Good Food Nation – National Food & Drink Policy. By influencing their supply chain, dairy processors in Scotland will help to deliver landscape scale changes providing multiple benefits for communities including mitigating climate change and flood risk.

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Why your views matter

The draft sector plans are our initial ideas on where we can make the most significant impact. Getting feedback early in the process from our communities, partners and stakeholders is important and your feedback is critical to the success of our sector planning approach. If you think that we have got something wrong, missed a critical opportunity or not been as transparent as possible, please let us know your thoughts.

We aim to get these plans finalised in the first months of 2019 and then push on to implement them. Your views will also help to shape the prioritisation for the implementation, which will be completed following the consultation period.



  • Agriculture
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Public


  • Diffuse pollution
  • Water Quality
  • Regulated activities