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Kerry Group Reaches Sustainability Milestone with Certification of Milk Suppliers Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve 100% certification of its milk suppliers in Ireland under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme.
Kerry Group announced that it has completed the certification of all its 3,300 milk suppliers under the international accredited, Sustainable Dairy Assurance (SDAS). The first national programme of its kins, SDAS is a comprehensive quality and sustainability programme that independently audits performance at farm level every 18 months.
Developed by Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) in collaboration with key stakeholders, SDAS was launched in December 2013., under Origin Green, the world’s first national food sustainability programme. A founder member of Origin Green, Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve complete certification under SDAS across its entire Irish milk pool. Pictured are: Declan and Alison Finn, Kerry Group Milk Supplier, Dromina Cork, with Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., Edmond Scanlon, CEO Designate of Kerry Group and Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2017
Kerry Group has become the first major milk processor to complete the certification of its milk suppliers under an internationally accredited scheme.
The Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme has been developed by Bord Bia and audits performance at farm level every 18 months.
The 3,300 milk suppliers located across the South West provide Kerry Group with over 1.2 billion litres of milk annually.
The announcement was welcomed by the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.