Dairy Crest CR at a glance

As a leading consumer food manufacturer we are determined to play an active role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, reducing waste and looking after our natural resources.


We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with our direct operations and our wider supply chain.

We have cut our CO2e emissions by 23.7% since 2007

Dairy farmers

We are working with an increasing number of our supplying farmers to measure and manage the environmental impact of their businesses.

Reducing waste

We have achieved our target to send zero operational waste to landfill by working with the right partners, identifying novel approaches to difficult wastes and improving our waste infrastructure and behaviours.

91.1% landfill avoidance; 8.9% sent to landfill;  0% our aim

Natural resources

Securing sufficient, high quality freshwater is essential to our business strategy. We are investing in projects to recycle water and reduce demand.

Dairy Crest has reduced water usage by 17.4% since 2007; On target to achieve a 20% reduction by 2005

We are committed to creating healthy, tasty enjoyable products, making it easier for consumers to choose healthier foods.


Our state of the art dedicated Food Innovation Centre on the Harper Adams University campus provides a link into leading agriculture and food research and will help us to continue to develop healthy products.

The lower fat variants of our products have saved consumers about 10,000 tonnes of saturated fat, the equivalent of approximately 83 blue whales

Healthier Choices

We continue to invest in our healthier ranges, driving sales through promotions, advertising and innovation.

Packaging Development

Our packaging continues to develop to meet our Consumers’ needs.

80% of our milk comes from farmers with a Direct Supply Contract; 20% from other farmers

At Dairy Crest we are committed to providing a workplace that is safe, engaging, promotes diversity and offers employees the opportunity to grow and develop their skills.

A safe place to work

Proactively supporting employees to look after their health is an important aspect of our occupational health and safety strategy.

Reward and Recognition

Recognising our colleagues' achievements through our Reward and Recognition scheme.

Diversity and Inclusion

We wish to have a fully diverse work force because we recognise that people from different backgrounds, experiences and abilities bring fresh ideas and innovations that improve our business.

Our community programme supports four key strategic aims; looking after the countryside, promoting healthy living and wellbeing, supporting education and employability and engaging with our local communities.

The countryside

We are proud of our long-term relationship with The Prince’s Countryside Fund. The charity, set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, aims to protect, improve and promote the British countryside and the businesses which work within it.

Local communities

Each of our sites has a community budget to distribute to local charities and good causes nominated by members of staff. This year staff have supported over 60 local causes through financial donations and the time of Dairy Crest volunteers.

Healthy living

We support a number of food charities and Dairy Crest staff voluntarily deliver healthy, fresh food to vulnerable people in our local communities through Meals On Wheels.