Less milk, more action, better valorisation

A joint workshop of Eucolait and IFCN on the outlooks for the dairy market.
14th – 15th March 2024, Brussels, Live workshop

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Partner’s price: 550 EUR per person
2 days on site in Brussels
Networking lunch and dinner
Presentations from the workshop in PDF

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Your benefits

Get insights into the latest trends and future developments.

Learn about the dairy market development and farm economics in next months.

From dairy farming to commodity trade – expand your dairy knowledge.

Discover challenges and opportunities in dairy market for your business.

Understand how to move from operational and tactical planning to strategic decision-making.

Networking with dairy industry and joined brainstorming – Wisdom of the crowd

Why should you attend the workshop

The world is changing rapidly, and milk supply scarcity is becoming reality. Milk supply pool knowledge and drivers behind it are crucial to plan the business in the dairy supply chain.

Rising volatility, new rules of dairy farming, political instability, environmental regulations, supply chain disruptions and trade agreements. These are just some of the uncertainties for future developments in the global dairy world – and this list can easily be extended to include many more.

That’s why Eucolait and IFCN have decided to continue hosting a workshop on the future outlook for dairy markets – to show you what might happen in the future and how to navigate and prepare for the increasing uncertainty.

Sign up and meet with industry peers to discuss the future of the European dairy industry and brainstorm on how to overcome all the challenges and turn those into possible opportunities.

Workshop Programme

DAY 1 – 14 March 2024 (13:00 – 17:00 CET)

“Classic” Status and market short-term session

Networking Lunch

Demand in search of milk: how to survive in a sellers’ dairy market | Bart Van Belleghem – Van Ballegooijen Foods

Global dairy demand & trade trends | Eucolait

Where is the milk market at the moment? Global overview and closer look at Europe | Philipp Goetz – IFCN

Latest free trade agreements influencing the market | Eucolait

What to expect in 2024? Short-term future of the dairy world | Philipp Goetz – IFCN & Erik Elgersma – Strategic Analysis Services

Panel: How to prepare for “Less milk, more actions” and to make the best out of the future?

    • Erik Elgersma – Strategic Analysis Services
    • Bart Van Belleghem – Van Ballegooijen Foods
    • TBA

DAY 2 – 15 March 2024 (9:00 – 12:30 CET)

Farm economics, sustainability & mid-term outlook session

Of cows and men: How do climate change, food security and geopolitics impact the EU’s dairy sector | Tassos Haniotis – Senior Guest Research Scholar, IIASA

European Green Deal stocktaking – what has really changed for dairy? | Eucolait

Less milk, but why? Farm level situation with a closer look at the status of dairy farm economics and its supply responses | Philipp Goetz – IFCN

How does the mid-term future for dairy look like? Sneak-peak of uncertainties and possible scenarios to watch-out | Łukasz Wyrzykowski – IFCN

Panel: How to combine sustainability in dairy with the aim of “feeding the world”?

  • Tassos Haniotis – Senior Guest Research Scholar, IIASA


Philipp Goetz

Philipp Goetz

Head of Sales & Development at IFCN

Philipp has been working since 2017 at IFCN and is focusing on modelling the milk production and price developments. He started as a dairy economist analysing, presenting and collecting dairy sector data in over 100 countries, became the Lead of Product Development, managing, planning, analysing and developing the IFCN data services and insights and since January 2024 became the Head of Sales & Business Development focusing on bringing the dots together.

Jukka Likitalo

Jukka Likitalo

Secretary General at Eucolait

Jukka has some 13 years of experience in the dairy sector. He has been heading Eucolait, the voice of the European dairy trading community with more than 400 members, since 2014. Jukka is the main representative of the organisation and responsible for its output and analysis, covering a variety of dairy policy and market topics.

Bart Van Belleghem

Bart Van Belleghem

CEO at Van Ballegooijen Foods (VBF)

As the CEO of Van Ballegooijen Foods (VBF), Bart Van Belleghem oversees a dynamic food group comprising two business units: Royal VIVBuisman (RVB) and Van der Pol (VDP). RVB specializes in premium butter and milk fat products, while VDP utilizes this butter in its diverse range of dough products. His background as food technologist, his experience in trading at Ecoval group and his role as Managing Director at Eucolait has equipped him with the expertise needed to guide VBF’s commitment to excellence in the food industry.

Tassos Haniotis

Tassos Haniotis

Senior Guest Research Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis

Tassos Haniotis is a (non-resident) Senior Guest Research Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. An Ag Economist by training and professional experience, he brings more than three decades of professional practice in agriculture, especially in the areas of agricultural policy, US-EU agricultural  trade relations, food security, farm policy evaluation, and commodity market analysis.

Łukasz Wyrzykowski

Łukasz Wyrzykowski

Managing Director at IFCN

Łukasz has worked in the dairy industry topics for the last 10 years now. He is the Managing Director of “IFCN AG – The Dairy Research Network” but also a specialist in dairy market analysis. His focus is on the dairy value chain analysis, dairy market forecasts and structural dairy market development.

Julie Collard

Julie Collard

Economic affairs & Events manager at Eucolait

Julie Collard is the Economic Affairs and Events Manager at Eucolait, the European Dairy Trade Association based in Brussels. She has been in charge of processing Eucolait’s statistics and organising events for the past 15 years around Europe. In 2019 she took over the position of market analyst within the association. She is responsible for data analysis, market reporting and creation of content for Eucolait’s presentations.

Alice O'Donovan

Alice O'Donovan

Legal and Policy Adviser at Eucolait

Alice is a Legal and Policy Adviser with Eucolait, focusing on the main policy developments impacting dairy trade. Alice has been with Eucolait for 10 years.

Erik Elgersma

Erik Elgersma

Visiting Lecturer at VU School of Business, Amsterdam, independent dairy consultant)

Erik has been Director of Strategic Analysis in FrieslandCampina up to Dec. 2018, where he worked for 20 years. He is now independent consultant to the global food industry, having among others consulted to five of the world’s top-20 dairy companies in the last 2 years. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Free University Amsterdam, School of Business & Economics, Faculty Management & Organization.

Pricing & Venue

Partner’s price: 550 EUR per person

2 days on site in Brussels

Networking lunch and dinner

Presentations from the workshop in PDF format


Penta Hotel


Situated on trendy Avenue Louise, we’re within walking distance of plenty of the city’s bars and restaurants and ideally located for a spot of shopping or a easy-going meeting. It’s not far from great stores, and the transport links are easily accessible. There is public parking next door with direct access to the hotel.

How can dairy outlooks be used? And why is it important to have accurate outlooks?

This seminar enables you to get guidance on how the dairy world is changing that are suitable for anyone in the broader dairy chain as you will be able to get answers to the question of whether you are able to satisfy current and future demand (either on the dairy commodity or on the farm input side). In addition, outlooks can be used as a navigator, orientation guide and basis for upcoming decision-making processes.

Milk Processing Trading Retailing Farm input Others (e.g. banking, policy)
Guidance for product pricing strategies
Definition of purchasing tactics
Planning of capacity in plants
Definition of marketing strategies
Forecasting of own sales numbers
Understanding market developments and identify trade developments
Analysis of the risk of financial issues at farm level
Opportunity or risk profile of capital (goods) markets
Exploration of potential new markets – identify potential market size
Deciding on investments in new markets (plants, farms, etc.)


The dairy markets worldwide look to change fundamentally. What will dairy look like in 2030? So curious to get as many different and independent perspectives as possible – the best way to develop a forecast after all.


– Erik Elgersma, visiting lecturer at VU School of Business, Amsterdam and independent consultant.

I am looking forward to meet you at this great workshop and learn more about different opinions and thoughts about the future of the dairy industry from other market experts.


Philipp Goetz, Lead of the Product Development at IFCN

The dairy industry has undoubtedly entered a period of fundamental change. Join us for insights about the road ahead at this unprecedented workshop where the dairy research and trading communities will join forces.


Jukka Likitalo, Secretary General at Eucolait

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