The Government supports co-operation in the dairy sector through the development of co-operatives and Producer Organisations (POs). In January 2014 we commissioned a study looking at the critical success factors behind dairy co-operatives working across Europe, including France. The study showed that collaboration has an important role to play in establishing mutual beneficial relationships between all parties across the supply chain. For this reason we have facilitated the uptake of POs in this country. The report is available at www.rannd.defra.gov.uk.