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Richard Dillon

Richard Dillon is former Head of Dairy with IEG Vu, where he specialized in the supply and demand of dairy commodities, such as cheese, skimmed milk powder and butter. Reporting on market, price and policy developments that impacted on the dairy sector.

Prior to Informa, Richard was a dairy industry writer and analyst for more than a decade, covering the intricacies of food law and the rise of the organic food movement. He retired from journalism in 2018.

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Irish milk output threat from emissions rules

The Irish Government could be forced to restrict the expansion of dairy farms in order to avoid massive EU fines for not meeting the required greenhouse gas emission reductions, researchers have argued.

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Dairy podcast: Bidders beware, SMP could rise again

The latest global auction turned markedly bearish this week, with a slew of commodity prices heading south. But will the decline last?


Dairy Price Update: Firm forecast for butter and SMP

Butter prices are wobbling as our latest snapshot of European prices shows, but will we avoid the sort of shortages that were talked of last year?

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Powder prices stall at global dairy auction

Producer hopes of a continuing global SMP price surge have subsided for now, after some hardball bidding at the global auction.


EU dairy supplies in the balance as caution on milk price continues

A look back at 2015 and 2016 confirms that lower milk prices in Europe resulted in last year's tight commodity supplies. Further rises this summer may be needed to avoid a repeat in the months ahead.

Milk EU

Soured relations: US dairies to feel China tariffs squeeze

China’s tariffs tit-for-tat on a wide range of US dairy commodities will have a devastating impact on some exports, but little effect on others.

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