2018 DIN Annual Conference & Dinner


Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London W8 5SY
2018 Conference
May 24th & 25th
Includes dinner
Price excludes VAT



2018 Conference
May 24th & 25th


Evolving World Markets and Trade

Brian Rice (Director, Rice Dairy International)
Preben Mikkelsen (Consultant)
Phil Plourd (CEO & President, Blimling and Associates)
Gabriel D’Arcy (CEO, LacPatrick Dairies)
Bruce Turner (Director Central Portfolio Management, Fonterra)
Nick Whelan (CEO, Dale Farm)
Brigitte Misonne (Head of Milk Sector, European Commission)
Paul Vernon (CEO, Glanbia Cheese)
Phil Langslow (Director, County Milk Products)
George Heler (Director, Joseph Heler Cheese)
Dirk Dubiel (Senior Dairy Application Strategy Manager, GEA BA-Solutions)


Speakers at last year’s Dairy Industry Newsletter conference tackled the issue of the roller-coaster markets over recent years, and most concluded that they would persist. Indeed, runaway demand for fats suddenly propelled farmgate milk prices to new highs over the course of 2017, tempered only by concerns about the unprecedented level of SMP stocks in the EU—and, increasingly, elsewhere—that continue to weigh heavily on worldwide markets. Managing risk and responding to market shocks are now central for participants in managing dairy markets, which in the past eight years have experienced no fewer than three boom and bust cycles, and are once again teetering on the edge of a potential new bust—or possibly not.
For dairy companies trying to manage milk supply, in post-quota Europe and beyond, this near-annual boomeranging is challenging the best brains. The continuing uncertainties of Brexit, political and environmental extremism, the unpredictable Trump administration in the US and unreliable production in emerging markets are compounding the challenges. We look to this year’s speaker panel at the 21st annual DIN conference to try to shed some light on how these issues might be addressed.

Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London W8 5SY
Contact: Carolyn@dairyindustrynewsletter.co.uk / tel: +44 (0)203 773 8794
The conference runs across two days. Registration opens at 12:00pm on Thursday May 24th, with the first session starting at 2:00pm.  A drinks reception and informal networking supper will be held on the night of Thursday 24th, and is open to all attendees and speakers.  The conference closes at 1pm on Friday 25th, followed by lunch.

Though we cannot book rooms on behalf of attendees, we have an allocation of rooms at a special conference rate of £155.00/night. This is for a superior room with single occupancy. Includes VAT, WiFi and breakfast.

Booking: groups.tara@millenniumhotels.co.uk
Alternatively please telephone: +44 207 872 2009, quoting booking code: EDEN 240518 to get the quoted conference room rate.