July 13, 2016 –

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and dairy processor associations are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the negotiations started in 2015 by representatives of dairy farmers and processors to evolve the Canadian dairy system for the future.

The agreement in principle will now be submitted to industry constituents for ratification. The national agreement includes the creation of an ingredient strategy. The highlights of the agreement will be made public after its final ratification. The anticipated implementation date for the agreement is September 1st, 2016.

“As our dairy industry operates under supply management, it is important that farmers and processors work together to be responsive to the evolution of the market, and this is exactly what this agreement in principle is all about,” said Jacques Lefebvre, President and CEO, Dairy Processors Association of Canada.

“Because we all had our eyes on the goal of seizing opportunities to build on the solid system we have today, to invest to foster growth and ensure a more thriving future for both farmers and processors, we have pursued these negotiations in a spirit of collaboration,” said Caroline Émond, Executive Director of Dairy Farmers of Canada.