Soy

We are committed to developing a sustainable supply of our principal ingredients

What is soy?

Soy is a plant which produces edible beans rich in protein and vegetable oil. The soy plant has a high yield per hectare relative to other protein sources and has therefore become a major source of vegetable protein and oil for both humans and livestock. At present, most of the world’s soy producers are located in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, China and India. Soy cultivation has grown rapidly over the last decade, mostly in Latin America, raising concerns around sustainability and deforestation.

Do Dairy Crest’s products contain soy?

Although Dairy Crest does not use any soy-containing ingredients in the products we manufacture, soy is in our supply chain due to its presence in the animal feed consumed by the cows producing the milk we use.

Does Dairy Crest use sustainable soy?

We purchase milk from around 330 dedicated farmers in the South West to produce cheddar cheese. We buy bulk butter from British suppliers for production of our butter and spreads brands.

As part of our rigorous Davidstow Farm Standards, we are working with our farmers to encourage them to source animal feed from suppliers who can demonstrate that they have a sustainable soy purchasing policy.

Until we can confirm that all feed consumed by the animals which provide our milk products has been sourced from sustainable supplies, we will purchase RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy Association) soy credits to offset the entire feed volume. The proceeds of such purchases are utilised by the RTRS to support producers to cultivate soy in a responsible way.

What is Dairy Crest doing to address the environmental issues of soy?

We are a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) which is an organisation that develops solutions for responsible production and sourcing of soy. Through our membership we want to play an active role in helping the organisation fulfil these ambitions.  

As part of our rigorous Davidstow Farm Standards, we are working with our farmers to encourage them to source animal feed from suppliers who can demonstrate that they have a sustainable soy purchasing policy.

Until we can confirm that all feed consumed by the animals which provide our milk products has been sourced from sustainable supplies, we will purchase RTRS soy credits to offset the entire feed volume. The proceeds of such purchases are utilised by the RTRS to support producers to cultivate soy in a responsible way.

These actions show we are taking positive steps to tackle the unsustainable cultivation of soy and this approach is supported by The World Wildlife Fund (WWF).