Müller Milk & Ingredients has launched a £100m cost and margin improvement programme which aims to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for the business.

Project Darwin includes a comprehensive review of every aspect of Müller’s operations, logistics, back office and people organisation in order to simplify the business, reduce cost and further improve customer focus and accountability, said a communication from the company.

Patrick Müller, chief executive, said a changed market environment necessitates such a programme that would lead to “tough decisions.”

“The market environment has changed significantly due to global dairy market volatility, decline in consumption and changes in retailing and we need to adapt and return to sustainable levels of profitability so that fresh milk can continue to be part of the fabric of British life,” he said.

The 12-month programme is already underway and covers manufacturing, logistics, products, procurement, people and customer relationships.

The company said it is too early in the project to be able to convey specific changes in each part of the business and organisation.